Mostly Appropriate Resources is usually where I offer teachers ideas for curriculum that might inspire a few parent emails. I call these standards-inspired opportunities for parent-teacher communication. The first installment of this column was published a year ago, on the last day of 2015. I was feeling determined and optimistic as I looked into the babyface of a new year I hoped would bring more rainbow revolution (or at least fewer rainbow baked goods). I was unprepared for the non-returnable gifts 2016 brought instead.
Here’s my homage to the most unprecedented (unpresidented) year ever.
- Sorry not sorry to lead with the Worst Person So Far, but this 5-minute animation from Alex Gendler and TED-Ed is kicking off this list with its timely question because apparently WE ALL NEED A REMINDER.
3. This required reading by Anastasia Basil on ketchup sandwiches, red leggings, and the difference between aid and charity.
4. This declaration that we must read aloud at the start of every week for the next four years from the music blogger revolutionaries at Noisey.
5. This campaign season journey through West Virginia by Vice’s resident reality TV connoisseur John Saward. It starts in a strip club, ends with empathy, and seems especially ominous now.
Trump is politician as pickup artist, as infomercial salesman; someone who will in a single breath pulverize your self-esteem and then convince you that he is the only one who can put you back together again, speaking in empty hyperbole, all “love” and “disasters”; someone to resuscitate all of your sputtering little egos with something grand and implausible…
6. This clearly outlined observation by Allison P. Davis that Mariah Carey is Not Like Us.
8. This tremendous restaurant review by Tina Nguyen that led to the tweet that launched a record-shattering surge in Vanity Fair subscriptions.
The menu itself would like to impress diners with how important it is, randomly capitalizing fancy words like “Prosciutto” and “Julienned” (and, strangely, ”House Salad”).
9. That time I told 900 people at Town Hall how to dress for The Resistance and grocery shopping.
11. This dare from renaissance warrior Staceyann Chin to turn our Orlando grief into an uprising.
12. This interview by Mutha Magazine’s Meg Lemke with Raising Mothers and mater mea on the power of photography to reframe images of family.
14. This how-to for inviting Beyoncé into your classroom.
15. This Teacher of the Year and former high school dropout, Anthony Johnson, AKA the Mayor of Johnsonville, who is running his fifth-grade classroom as a town.
16. These thoughts on the difference between solitude and loneliness by eighty-seven-year-old Donald Hall for The New Yorker.
17. This ugly action plan and manifesto for all the beautifully difficult women by Jezebel’s Madeleine Davies.
18. This organized breakdown of the “three basic types” of Parents Who Bully the School by the National Association of Independent Schools.
19. This Thanksgiving declaration of gratitude and resistance for the New York Times from Charles M. Blow.
20. This film.
It’s been a rough year, but there’s powerful work that has come out of it. Afterall, rage and anxiety is good fuel for the fire (did you click on #2 yet?). Let’s pause a moment for all of the artists, activists, and hopes we lost in 2016. And now let’s go all in for 2017. Yes, gather up all the love inside of you. But also get ready, teachers. This year we need us more than ever.
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