"What pisses me off the most about the term “special needs” isn’t that it’s cutesy or euphemistic, but the presumption that my needs are special when abled people’s needs are just how they are. If I need transcripts for audio homework assignments, suddenly that’s special, but if an abled student requests transcripts for audio materials, that’s just another student request. Why are my needs special and not yours? “special needs” is part of ablenormativity."

Lydia Brown (via hellomynameismaddy)

(via queerandpresentdanger)

"the one thing all these smiling schools had in common is trust in young people. The belief that young people are human beings and that human beings have a natural desire to learn. All we have to do is feed this desire to learn and they will learn, at rigorous levels."

And funny how the schools with the least amount of trust often are the schools that treat our students as if they are less than human—and those students are often students of color and/or students from low-income backgrounds. 

My principal has never once told me I’m a good teacher, but she HAS told me I’m a ‘bright girl’ and that I look stunning I a skirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"A Love Letter Apologizes to Itself" - Alok Vaid-Menon


First light in the Canyon was extremely cold, but such a beautiful site to see.

First light in the Canyon was extremely cold, but such a beautiful site to see.

(Source: camerongardnerphoto, via ourwildways)