White Privilege PBJ of the Day

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Principals at Portland Public Schools are beginning the school year with intensive staff trainings to help educators understand their own "white privilege" -- the idea being that afterward, they can change their teaching practices and sensitivity to other cultures to boost minority students' performance.

Take PBJs, for instance:

"What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?" says Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School.

"Another way would be to say: 'Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?' Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita."

Hmmm... points for trying?

[thanks, henry!]

Back To School Advice of the Day

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Drill instructors Fafa and Mario have some in-your-face advice for the classroom. Pay attention, kiddies!


Early Bird Special

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"The Counting Song" may seem kid-friendly, but with animator Cyriak at the helm, it gets deliciously dark and twisty.