(Example of Inequality Ty can solve: -3x + 8 < 17)
The only inequality he's going to see now will be from inside his jail cell... for at least 4 years longer than the white kid.
(Example of Inequality Ty won't have to solve to understand: 10 > 6)
They were both caught stealing while possessing drugs. My second hour informed me that it's just different if you're black. I felt as helpless as when a kid asked me if I could braid his fro. My skills are severely lacking in many capacities. Luckily, one of those lacking skills is crying in public.
I have such a fleeting amount of time with my students. Today I was organizing archived folders of class work. I threw away 15 students' folders because I know I'll never see the people they belong to again due to expulsion, drop outs, or jail sentencing.
Watching this Oklahoma storm makes me realize what a brief flash I will be in most of these students lives. The most pressing issue on my mind is the approach I can take to really change trajectories for my students and help them find their path to the life they deserve.
I want to make my flash last longer.