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September 13th, 2014
thesmithian
…imagine a world where no one is in charge and no one necessarily knows what’s going on, where identities are in perpetual flux. Mothers and fathers act like teenagers; little children are wise beyond their years. Girls light out for the territory and boys cloister themselves in secret gardens. We have more stories, pictures and arguments than we know what to do with, and each one of them presses on our attention with a claim of uniqueness, a demand to be recognized as special. The world is our playground, without a dad or a mom in sight.
June 10th, 2014
thesmithian

'…what if the legacy of these cases is a disturbing tendency to disbelieve children who say they are being molested?'

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the belief that students were often blocked from living up to their potential by the presence of certain fears and anxieties and doubts…These feelings were especially virulent at moments of educational transition—like the freshman year of high school or the freshman year of college. And they seemed to be particularly debilitating among members of groups that felt themselves to be under some special threat or scrutiny: women in engineering programs, first-generation college students, African-Americans in the Ivy League.'

The negative thoughts took different forms in each individual…but they mostly gathered around two ideas. One set of thoughts was about belonging. Students in transition often experienced profound doubts about whether they really belonged—or could ever belong—in their new institution. The other was connected to ability. Many students believed in what Carol Dweck had named an entity theory of intelligence—that intelligence was a fixed quality that was impossible to improve through practice or study.

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

Newark has fifty new principals, four new public high schools, a new teachers’ contract that ties pay to performance, and an agreement by most charter schools to serve their share of the neediest students. But…

a lot more, here.

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photo by Krisanne Johnson

May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

blackhistoryalbum:

GIRL WITH FLAG | 1991

Photography by Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Master African American Photographers Series 3 of 6.

[meaningful glance]

May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

'After Columbine there was a general sense that something had to be done. That kids getting killed at school was a thing we weren't going to be okay with. “Never again,” as they say. It wasn't some fanciful impossibility. The British did it after Dunblane. And so we did that. Everyone got together and passed sweeping gun control legislation and there was never another mass shooting in America.'

May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Women are told to breastfeed for their children’s health, then told that breastfeeding effectively means they can’t go out in public.

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March 28th, 2014
thesmithian
It looked so beautiful, but I found out on the black side where began my hell.

Johnny Gaddy, 68

of his time at the

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, [where] five older black men took a road trip to Marianna, a rural town on the Florida panhandle—historic Klan country—to confront their demons on the reform school’s vast, wooded campus…[researchers] had excavated 55 sets of remains at Dozier’s Boot Hill cemetery, 5 more than they’d originally identified, and 24 more than were indicated in the school’s official records. Other campus locations remain to be searched.

March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'We've persuaded ourselves that residential isolation of low-income black children is only de facto—the accident of economic circumstance, personal preference, and private discrimination. Unless we relearn how residential segregation is de jure—racially motivated public policy—we can't remedy school segregation that flows from neighborhood isolation.'

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March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

manufactoriel:

Doll Test, by Gordon Parks (1967)

[meaningful glance]

Reblogged from FRNCHWD
March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

curly-essence:

soykisses:

ventureandvirtue:

Man carries girl on his shoulders during a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alabama, ca. 1965.

i love this.

http://curlyessence.com/

[meaningful glance]

(Source: afro-art-chick)

Reblogged from b.vikki vintage
March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…when [she] asked her daughters to make a list of the hurtful things that have been said to them, the girls remembered things that their mother didn’t, making it clear that the comments were staying with them.

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February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

…a new generation of hardcore Disney fans, powered by Instagram and Facebook and made up of grandparents in their 60s, as well as teens and toddlers plodding along beside their parents. Only 10 years ago, their style—tattooed and plugged—would have banned them from the parks and made them outcasts among Disney fans. But now, with tolerance, if not approval, from the Mouse, the social clubs have found a playground to call their own. Like the Goths of the 1990s or the hippies of the 1960s, they trek the park like a second home, occasionally mistaken for troublemakers…

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