On Children and Childhood

Paul Thomas examines the ways in which we power over children through erroneously assigning them minority status. Please consider this post today.

radical eyes for equity

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew

“[anyone lived in a pretty how town],”e.e. cummings

In one of those early years of becoming and being a teacher, when I was still teaching in the exact room where I had been a student (a school building that would eventually be almost entirely destroyed by a fire set by children), it was the first day of school, and I was calling that first roll—a sort of silly but important ritual of schooling for teachers and students.

Toward the back of the room and slightly to my left sat a big young man, a white male student typical of this rural upstate South Carolina high school in my home town; like me, he would accurately be considered in that context as a Redneck.

Just about everyone knows everyone in my hometown, and we are very…

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