This week, Terry Heick proposes a pedagogical response to racially, politically, and emotionally charged moments. Heick advocates that we change the culture of learning such that we do not react to the moment and instead consistently teach for cultural memory. This implies “the tendency and capacity to recall those events within those spaces that brought us collectively to where we are today.” It is a call for culturally relevant pedagogy because learning emerges from cultural positions. The curriculum as well as teaching models bring students closer together as well as help each student realize her truest self.

It is the work of a school to join members of a community to one another.

That this doesn’t happen naturally isn’t surprising. Matters of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are often alien to the home, the life, and the natural thought processes of most students. Academics are a different kind of language than people speak naturally.

The blog will take a break next week, and we will come back right after the break, on December 3rd!