Rita Mae Brown:
Read Pia Glenn’s description of shopping while black. Here’s a snippet:
From the moment that I set my basket down, a store employee with a “Manager” name tag came over and stood behind me. The employee was a large, hulking, caucasian male. I don’t mention this arbitrarily. I never do. Anywho, I clocked him right away, but I honestly didn’t think much of it. A manager in a grocery store has every right to stand there, and I certainly can’t blame him for his physique.
And maybe he only appeared to be looking at me. The world doesn’t revolve around me; he could have actually been focused on who-knows-what in the distance beyond me, so I tried to ignore him and went on about my business.
A few items into ringing up my stuff, my peripheral vision told me that he hadn’t budged, and all that benefit of the doubt I was dispensing grew wings and flew right out the window. . . .
Chuck Hawkins explains how Florida’s standardized testing is causing students to hate writing. A nugget (FCAT is the acronym for “Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test”):
So I spontaneously came up with an assignment: Write a 300-word article on why they hate writing. The results showed a barely submerged anger, and sometimes one that was boiling right on the surface. Remember, these are many of the best students in the state.
Fifty of the 109 students wrote with some emotion about nine years of being drilled to write the “FCAT way”: a formulaic, bloodless exercise that drained the fun out of putting pen to paper.
Follow the link to see three of the students’ essays.
Rachel analyzes ISIS’s propaganda strategy.