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Teachers alternately warm our hearts; kill our buzz

November 6, 2008

The Edweek Blogboard focuses on the implications of the new administration. Highlights: 

  • Cindi Rigsbee, a teacher who herself attended segregated schools, writes about what it means to teach an Obama victory. “So now we have a Black President,” she says. “And when I stand in front of my students, especially my African American ones, I can say, ‘You can be anything you want to be. You can even be President,’ and know that it’s true.” 
  • Skoolboy kills our buzz by reminding us that Obama didn’t cure racism. “Although our President-Elect is a singular, charismatic individual who is the right man at the right time, the social, economic and political forces that shape the educational opportunities of African-Americans in U.S. society are deeply entrenched. Sadly, the scourge of race will not be easy to overcome.” 
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