Tuesday, July 18, 2006

claim that shit

this summer is horrible. i am having a lot of trouble with my students. i'm trying to think of a pep-talk aka "education has been and continues to be systematically witheld from people of color so you better understand that you need to go and CLAIM your fucking education b/c nobody is going to hand that to you" w/out supporting the myth of meritocracy... plus i want them to understand what i mean by "claiming" their education and what i mean by "education" sigh.. this gets so complicated. tomorrow we're supposed to talk to our students about our college experience ("ask me about my alma mater day") but i think i'm going to talk about why i care that they go to college and why i do the work that i do.

2 comments:

Gar said...

Good luck talking your students! Sounds like a tough position to be in but if nobody has told them that they're gonna have to struggle and fight to "get theirs", they definitely need to hear it from somebody (regardless of the the myth of meritocracy)...

Elle-Même said...

Amy, I think what you do is awesome. Just remember in times like this that all the hard work you do will eventually pay off - how many people can say that their work is actually rewarding? Certainly not me, with my most recent waitressing gig and soon-to-be secretarial bit. You went and got a degree, and then another degree, and you are actually using them and giving something back. You claimed that shit; surely something will rub off on these kids from your example as well as your words. Good luck.

<3 Marie