Intersections: “Raising Caring and Happy Children in a Challenging Time”

April 29, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Dr. Richard Weissbourd opened his talk on “Raising Caring and Happy Children in a Challenging Time” by stating his primary worry is how we’ve elevated happiness and success and de-emphasized caring and empathy. When students were asked on a survey how important achievement, caring, and happiness were to them, about 50% prioritized achievement, 30% happiness, and 20% caring. Parents say they value caring over achievement but when their children were asked to rate their priorities, the kids felt their parents had the same breakdown of priorities as they did. Furthermore, when asked to rate parents as a group, parents themselves came up yet again with a similar breakdown except with some shift from caring to happiness. This disjunction between what parents say they believe and what kids (and other parents) perceive results from what Dr. Weissbourd calls the “rhetoric reality gap.”

Filed Under: Parenting, On Parenting, Education, Caring, Raising Children

Intersections: GLSEN Massachusetts Spring Conference 2018

April 28, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Of course there was a point on the ride out to Boston where the kids were singing show tunes. How could there not be?! Singing “We raise a glass...” from “La Vie Bohème” at the top of their lungs, they all clinked their Dunkin’ Donut cups, their faces lit up by smiles.

Filed Under: LGBT, LGBT Support, anti-racism, GLSEN, StudentVoice, Conference, Student Activism, Equity pedagogy, LGBTQ+ Support

Intersections: Day of Silence 2018

April 27, 2018 by Bill Ivey

It was a sunny morning in the early spring of 2017, and I woke up in a pretty good mood. The weather was decent, most of my clothes were still clean, I wasn't driving kids to community service, and we weren't expecting any visitors, so all in all it was one of those days when I could wear more or less anything I wanted to. I chose an Oxford shirt, a black sweater (to complement my nail polish), and my favourite purple and blue skirt.

Filed Under: LGBT Support, intersectionality, Intersections, non-binary

Poem #3

April 26, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Luna Patience '21

Filed Under: student voice, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, StudentVoice, Student work, Student Writing, Poetry Festival

Stealing

April 24, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Miles DeClue '18

Filed Under: Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, StudentVoice, Student work, Student Writing, Poetry Festival

回家 Homecoming

April 23, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Ruofan (Cynthia) Wang '19

Filed Under: Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, StudentVoice, Student work, Student Writing, Poetry Festival

Ember's Walkout Speech

April 21, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Ember Larregui '18

 

Good Morning, students, teachers, adults, and residents. My name is Ember Larregui, one of the eight Student Heads of Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and I am here today to speak to you all on the issue of gun control.

Filed Under: intersectionality, anti-racism, StudentVoice, racial justice, Black Lives Matter, gun violence, school shootings, Student Activism, National School Walkout

Intersections: Activist School

April 20, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“I like your nail polish. Does the green mean anything?” It had been a relaxing and enjoyable Formal Dinner, and I didn’t want to dampen the mood. Yet, I believe in always being truthful with students and, after all, one of the reasons I was wearing it was precisely to start conversations on the topic. “It’s Sandy Hook green,” I said. And the table did indeed get quieter.

Intersections: The Vermont Academy Diversity Conference

April 08, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Yesterday, I attended a day-long conference sponsored and hosted by Vermont Academy. The idea was to send teams, or “pods,” from each attending school representing different constituencies, and emerge from the day with a personal action plan to bring back to our school. I attended with four students from our school and Shawn Durrett, our Dean of Faculty and an English teacher.

Filed Under: intersectionality, anti-racism, StudentVoice, Student support, student agency, Intersections, Student Activism, Equity pedagogy

Intersections: #TDOV 2018

March 31, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Amia Tyrae Berryman. Say her name. Say her name. The media didn’t. They used the name she was given at birth when her sex was assigned male, in an article on her murder. On March 26, 2018, she became the seventh trans woman to be killed this year, and the fourth Black trans woman.

Filed Under: intersectionality, #tdov, LGBTQIA Support, Intersections, Transgender Day of Visibility