Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Re-Writing

So I am extremely excited because I had an article on the GEAR UP grant I served on accepted by the academic publication Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning. The work done by contributors to Reflections is important because much of what is included comes from community partnerships, demonstrating the great role of writing in the public sphere.

For me, this great news has also inspired a necessary pause for reflection and revision. Rereading this piece for revision has reminded me of the great work I've been lucky enough to have been a part of in Tucson, although re-reading my writing, even when it's been accepted (albeit with revisions), draws my attention to the places I really want to strengthen given this amazing opportunity.

Revision is good and necessary work. It reminds me of a writing insight a creative writing professor once told me about the balancing-act a writer walks between feeling confident about a piece and severely doubting oneself. As a composition teacher, I would revise that bit of insight by adding that revision is the process that makes the tight-rope feel wider while also providing the writer with one of those bars to increase steadiness.

 (From the film Man on a Wire)

My piece will not be out for a few months, giving me some much needed time for revision and reflection, and reflection for revision. And of course I will be sure to post again when the article comes out. In the meantime, read an article in Reflections by Octatio Pimentel (pdf from website) on Racism and Composition.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bilingual Education in Arizona

A Great Video from Three Sonorans

This Three Sononoras video is a great lecture from educator Sal Gabaldon, who discusses the important history of Bilingual Education in Arizona that provides context for more recent legislation like HB 2281 that outlaws Mexican American Studies in Tucson Unified School District. Former MAS teacher Curtis Acosta introduces Gabaldon at the start.

Some important facts are brought up about the inception of public education in Arizona and the necessity of bilingual teachers, segregation, federal desegregation, and how Prop 203 undermined bilingual literacy in spite of the diverse migrant and refugee populations that TUSD has served and continues to serve.

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