Start with questions.

Education
So there's a picture making the rounds. And although this particular picture and its provocative caption spawned this entry, what follows is applicable to any picture, meme, article, video and so on. In short, any document. Being literate is one thing, but engaging in critical literacy means reading against the grain. Critical literacy starts with questions rather than reactions. It demands research instead of assumptions. To be critically literate means to ask who published a given document and what do they hope to accomplish by doing so? Who benefits and who doesn't? Critical literacy asks for context. Not simply the text, but what comes with it. It requires active engagement over passive acceptance. The picture in question is connected to education. Math, to be specific. And despite the caption and the…
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The deeper business of being beautiful inside.

Love, Politics, News & Notable
Blue and I saw 12 Years a Slave as soon as it was released in Atlanta. The film was stunning. We dined afterward and talked for hours about the the movie and the myriad topics it inspired: slavery, racism, privilege, wealth, the power of story, literacy, critical literacy and public schooling. We discussed the stories that get told or lost. We noted, with a healthy dose of cynicism, who "history" deems worthy of remembrance. We retold scenes to each other. Relived predictions, twists. What made us look away, hold our breath, or more tightly to the other's hand. The writing, directing and performances were brilliant. And yet as moved as I was during and after, it was Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey who brought me to tears: Patsey broke my heart…
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Today in Women…

Feminist Thought, Politics, News & Notable
Today, two articles about women captured my attention for a good portion of the day. I share them here with little commentary, as in both cases, the content speaks for itself. The first piece is Ashley Judd's blistering critique of patriarchy and women's and men's complicity in upholding it. In it, she thoughtfully problematizes the media's portrayal of women. It is fierce and awesome and bookmarked in my Diigo account  for future reference. The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the…
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