Citizenship and Education

You know how there are certain words that just look wrong? Like, when you spell them out and look at them for a while, they come to seem fake or misspelled or something? To me, “citizenship” is one such word. No, this has nothing to do with this week’s blog prompt, but I felt the…

Johnny had 19 bottles of dish soap…

Thinking back on my experiences learning math, I do not feel that I–as a white woman–was oppressed in any way. Mathematics–much like the sciences–always seemed to be that “neutral” subject wherein no biases could present themselves since it was reliant upon numbers and systems and formulas, and those inhuman, often theoretical things could not possibly…

Treaty Ed is Important in Schools—You Can’t Change My Mind

I don’t really have a personal anecdote to begin this post, so here’s a meme I made instead. Though I suppose the lack of an anecdote here could be a telling anecdote in itself as it speaks to the lack of treaty education in my own schooling growing up. I’m from a small town in…

The Place That Defines You

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is long. Like, SUPER long. The beginning is mostly a personal anecdote with some relevant self-reflection built in, but if you wish to get to the “meat and potatoes” of this post, skip down to the first bold heading. If not, buckle up and enjoy the ride. One of the possible…

Curriculum–The Master’s House

How are curricula developed? I had never put a lot of thought into how the curriculum came to be, but I suppose the “how” of the curriculum is just as important as the “why” or “what.” Of course, we need to know what items are within the curriculum and why curriculum writers thought to include…

Walls and Windows

When I was younger, I recall once seeing a billboard outside of a school that proclaimed the purpose of school was to turn mirrors into windows. My immediate reaction to that, me being all of twelve years old at the time, was something the effect of “Ha ha that’s stupid.” However, as I now pursue…

The Tyler Rationale

When I was in Grade 1, I had to go to speech therapy in school because I had developed an awful lisp–really, it wasn’t my fault that I lost my front baby teeth when we were practicing our consonant “s” and “th” sounds. Still, these speech sessions were something the school made me do, and…