— Mike Jones at Transition Culture. Mike Jones on making space for the primal nature of kids
Big people are little when they are mean.
But little people are not big when they are mean."
Toni & Slade Morrison in The book of Mean People at Brainpickings. The Book of Mean People: Toni Morrison’s Children’s Allegory about Kindness and Context
I haven’t read The Book of Mean People. I was a little startled to see so many hostile reviews at GoodReads. So even while I haven’t read the book, my hunch is that I agree more with Maria Popova than the negative reviewers. The negative reviews presume a very literal interpretation of the text. In my experience with stories and children—limited—that doesn’t feel the way stories operate. Popova presumes children will understand the story as allegory, and that rings true to me.
MCALLEN, Texas – Ana* arrives at the makeshift shelter, ten miles away from the Texas border, with detention papers in one hand and a badly sunburned infant in the other. She’s been wearing the same pair of pink pants and filthy white shirt for twenty days.
A wonderful first article by Natasha Vargas-Cooper at The Intercept.
With the events in Ferguson MO the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen a number of white Americans express a sense of shock about the visible racism. I’m hardly enlightened, As old as I am, I’ve seen a lot of racism in my time. But it’s shocking when what is mostly invisible to me becomes visible. Earlier this month I was leveled by talk in person and online about immigration in advance of the House of Representatives going into summer recess.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper creates a narrative in the article in a way that I had been unable to do; pointing here and there. My problem was telling that this isn’t new and there’s important history to notice.
Anyhow big props to Natasha Vargas-Cooper.
— Sophy Banks at Transition Network. Sophy Banks on the politics of the heart
Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous. The White Teachers I Wish I Never Had
Via Reclaim UC at Sunday Reading.
— Cory Doctorow at Locus Online. Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance
Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan quoted in an article by David Sobel at Yes! Magazine. You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
Ryan D’Agostino at Esquire. THE DRUGGING OF THE AMERICAN BOY
— Laura Schroff quoted in an article by Jason Linkins at Huffington Post. Paul Ryan’s ‘Brown Bag’ Anecdote Seems To Have Been Purloined
Children Being in the World
a film by KB Jinan. see www.re-cognition.org for more.
To be of the Earth is to know …
the restlessness of being a seed
the darkness of being planted
the struggle towards the light
the joy of bursting and bearing fruit
the love of being food for someone
the scattering of your seeds
the decay of the seasons
the mystery of death
the miracle of birth