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The Dual Language Lottery System and The Myth of Meritocracy and Fairness

During the last few months, we have been focused on the different types of microaggressions.  We have talked about treating Asian Americans as aliens in their own land and the harm of denying one’s own biases.  But perhaps a quieter, more pernicious microaggression that exists within our Dual Education world is the myth of meritocracy […]

Civil Rights and Asian Americans

Often times, when people think of minorities, Asian Americans are left off the list due to the model minority myth.  The model minority myth suggests that Asian Americans, due to their own efforts, have been able to overcome barriers as immigrants due to their bootstrapping efforts and hard work.  Therefore, they have become inordinately successful.  […]

Teaching About Spring Holidays

The birds are chirping. The weather is getting warmer.  Spring is here, signaling the arrival of the many holidays that take place this time of year.  However, while “Winter Holidays” are often taught at schools in an effort to “multiculturally” celebrate Christmas, the festivities our students engage in during the Spring are often ignored even […]

The Fatal Consequences of Microaggressions

For most of human history, we have had no words to describe the seemingly small statements and actions that indirectly and subtly insult people based on race or other aspects of identity.  During the 1970s, Dr. Chester M. Pierce proposed the term microaggression to describe these statements and actions, but the concept failed to spread. […]

Denial Of One’s Own Bias – Why It’s Another Microaggression

My latest posts have delved into the different types of micro aggressions.  One of the most pernicious and yet most common microaggressions is the denial of one’s own biases.  The denial of one’s own biases is often committed among those who at least consciously stand against racism.  The accusation of racism often is a threat […]

Assumption of Criminality as a Microaggression

The last few of my posts have been addressing the 10 types of microaggressions. So far, we have talked about being treated as an alien in one’s own land, the ascription or denial of intelligence according to racial characteristics, and color blindness. In this post, we will talk about the assumption of criminal status based […]

Socio Cultural Competence and America’s Hidden History

I attended a social justice workshop the last two days where I was surprised to learn about a successful coup on American soil.  No, it wasn’t on January 6th of 2021 in Washington, DC.  Rather it took place on November 10th, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina.  I want to share the story with my readers […]

Colorblindness – Why It’s a Type of Microaggression

Turn on the news, and you see what appears to be half the country (I’m convinced it’s much less) who are insistent that we have come to the point in American history when we don’t need to talk about race any longer.  In my own experience, I’ve heard educational leaders in the liberal Northeast tell […]

Questions About Separation of Language

Recently, I published a blog article about separation of language. I thought my next blog post in this series would be about bridging, but many readers have asked a number of questions about separation of language that I would like to address first. Q1.  Isn’t it normal for bilingual individuals to translanguage? A. It is […]

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