Edutainer, Organizer, Author
My grandpa once said "not to let my schooling get in the way of my edumication." As an educator, I am conflicted by the truth behind this joke, symbolic of our failing national schooling system. For years, I have struggled with institutional education, like the time I was pegged with a barrage of "gummy bears" from a bunch of upset students who didn't like their homework assignment. How could I blame them? The standardized curricula I was forced to teach was rewarding 'good test-takers' with candy and gift certificates to Pizza Hut! Considering the budget cuts in our public education system, hitting low income neighborhoods and communities of color first and worst, our children are facing a kind of crisis of the mind and body that shakes me to the core. And yet, I remain a hopeful advocate for equity and inspiration in our children's lives, despite the fast food lunch lines, overcrowded classrooms and violence in our schools.