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School and “other people’s children”: some personal reflections

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Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit, 2006, The New Press

From Classroom Struggle TC

Written by Daniel Fox

My life has been feeling overwhelming recently. It makes me think about what we need to do to really support the kids in our increasingly diverse and segregated city schools who are going through things often objectively harder and newer to them than the busy-ness, pressures, and losses I have been facing as a white, college educated support staff. I’ve also been trying to think through an important question raised by Lisa Delpit: what does it mean to raise “other peoples’ children”, and how does this affect what we, as educators, do in our schools? Read more

Gallery of old pictures from Mesaba Co-op Park in Hibbing, Minnesota

For some years, the Twin Cities IWW has held ‘branch retreats’ up in Hibbing, Minnesota at Mesaba Cooperative Park, a camping grounds founded by Finnish-American socialists in the 1920s. In recent years, the park has hosted Work Peoples College and the Junior Wobblies camp.

Packed away in the branch office is a collection compiled by Mark Lapakko of old pictures of people and events at the camp. Centering around Finnish radical working class and cultural groups and events, the collection of pictures spans from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Here are several images from this collection.

Beyond “F*ck You”: An organizer’s approach to confronting hateful language at work.

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Most likely many of us have had to deal with hateful language and sentiments at our jobs. Here is an account about an organizer’s response at their workplace.

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