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jondou chen

Elliot Rodger as Window and Mirror

By SEED Associate Director Jondou Chen.

This is hard. It's been several weeks since Elliot Rodger's hate-induced rampage that killed six people and left 13 more injured in California; a rampage preceded by a series of videos and a manifesto declaring his hatred of women. The news coverage and response were almost immediate. Hashtag activists and political pundits ran with the story, initially leaving me thinking that there was nothing more that I might add. Yet the uneasy feeling that always strikes me in such situations wouldn’t leave. In fact, it was growing.

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Allison Spire

Thanksgiving: More than a Single Story

This post is by Allison Spire, a SEED leader and K-1 teacher at Our Community School in Chatsworth, California.

Since attending SEED New Leaders’ Week, I can no longer teach the traditional pilgrim stories (the single story) I have always known. I keep hearing the voice of Chimamanda Adichie saying in her video (in that beautiful voice), "Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story." At first, since I had not had an opportunity to develop new curriculum, I simply focused on a general theme of "being thankful." I believed that was, at least, better than teaching the single story—until I could get my act together.

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Judy Logan

Serial Testimony as a Tool for Discussing Sensitive Racial Topics

SEED leader and San Francisco teacher Judy Logan shares her story of how using Serial Testimony, SEED's method of intentionally structured conversation, helped her multi-racial class of middle school students respond to the O.J. Simpson verdict in a constructive way, without shame or blame.

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