In my head
As fast as you may be going,
(with thanks to MiddleWeb for originally publishing this review)
As a teacher in a girls school, I’m acutely aware that my students (girls and non-binary kids alike) often feel trapped between two opposing yet interlocking ideals our culture sets for them – to be their true authentic selves, and to please other people.
Syd is one of three student poets who read at this year's poetry festival. Because the spacing is so important to this poem, and so as to ensure readers of our blog who use screen readers can enjoy it, we are publishing two versions here - the first as screen shots to show the proper spacing, the second typed in by hand so it may be machine read. Enjoy!
Today is the annual Day of Silence, sponsored by GLSEN. Some of the students in our Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) are choosing to participate, maintaining silence throughout the class day to call attention to the figurative silence of the closet in which many LGBTQ+ people live, whether wholly or partially. Following GLSEN guidelines, teachers have been asked to support the kids, bending where possible to allow them to maintain their silence in the classroom (for example, writing out answers to questions or doing board work) with the understanding we might also ask them to participate vocally in cases where that might genuinely be necessary. At the end of the day, the kids will gather for a three-minute long period of silence followed by a ritual (read: loud and joyful) breaking of the silence.
Astrid Newton '23 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her second post for them, published on March 11, 2019.
When one considers the complete history of the United States, women’s voices have only been heard for a fraction of the time that men’s have. We have only had the right to vote for less than a century. The women’s rights movement is making more progress all the time. However, many of the current government officials are attempting to prevent women having basic control over their bodies and feel safe in this country knowing responsible, moral people are running it. It has been this way for a long time, and many individuals contribute to it, but Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the a Supreme Court certainly isn’t helping. According to a poll, 63% of women oppose his confirmation to the Supreme Court. The political decisions he will make is undoubtedly going to cause an even further decrease in women’s rights for this country.
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Recently, I attended the Annual Conference of the New England League of Middle Schools. As always, it was a chance to catch up with old friends, learn about ways to better support my students and colleagues, and in general enjoy being with people who really get middle schoolers and love working that age group.
Chloe Hughes '19 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her second post for them, published on March 4, 2019
Cause sometimes, you just need to celebrate with some tunes!
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Chloe Hughes '19 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her first post for them, published on February 25, 2019 in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
(TW: Eating Disorders)
Astrid Newton '23 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her first post for them, published on February 11, 2019.
Valentine’s Day is drawing nearer. We’re young, and romantic relationships are being highlighted and perpetuated as vital everywhere in our culture, with romance and dating being the main focus in many TV shows, movies, books, etc. It can feel really lonely and isolating when you feel like everyone around you has a thing with someone, and not much is happening for you in the romantic department.
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