i am a pre-k teacher at a failing school in inner city baltimore. once before this i was a contemporary critical theory/phenomenology/critical race theory student at a cozy little school that taught me enough to make myself into an existential nihilist, but didn't teach me how it's possible to stay alive in the world that way. sometimes i post about that stuff.
other times i post about the mountain goats, the failure of public education in america, baltimore (we have a love/hate relationship), atheism, good politix, and the basic disappointments of the human condition.
i've started to amass a bunch of education followers which is GREAT! and welcome! but just know that this is my personal blog and some of the things i post on here are unrelated to education and may be explicit or not kid friendly in some way (personal stuff, poetry, LGBTQ stuff, critiques of capitalism and the state, etc.).
East Baltimore, Maryland: Students from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing stand in solidarity with community protest for jobs at the groundbreaking ceremony of a new building, June 12, 2012.
Johns Hopkins has torn down much of the community to make way for expanding its facilities. The city administration, which is helping to fund the construction, has broken promises to provide construction jobs to unemployed people in the surrounding African American community.
Photos by Sharon Black
It’s honestly embarrassing and gross to me that I go to this school. At least I’m a graduate student so I don’t exactly need to hang out there. But I do wish more students there were aware of the stronghold Hopkins has over Baltimore and all of its abuses of powers. Things like this make me question my ultimate trajectory of entering the world of academia. I would never want to find myself working at a school like Hopkins, even if it is one of the best schools in the country, because of shit like this. But is a school like Simon’s Rock really any better?