We have two brief articles for discussion this week, both focusing on school reopenings and the effects on young people:
The first offers tips to parents:
Child Mind Institute: Teenagers and Reopening.
The second is a provocative opinion piece from NBC News–did the author hit or miss the mark? We’ll discuss.
School reopenings are being touted as good for students’ well-being, but that’s wrong.
Remember to register to join us — talk to you soon!
Stacie Moss from North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council alerted us to this upcoming opportunity–thanks, Stacie!
rePRO is a five-day virtual film festival (running August 12-16) that will explore the past, present, and future of women’s reproductive health care, awareness, advocacy, and bodily integrity in America. Each day features a different topic:
Day 1: rePro Justice for Women of Color
Day 2: Believe Me, It’s My Body
Day 3: When Pregnancy Gets Complicated
Day 4: Let’s Talk About It
Day 5: All tickets are pay what you can. For those in need of a free ticket voucher they are offering a limited number of these for each session. All net ticket revenue will go to women’s reproductive justice advocacy organizations.
For more information, visit rePRO by mama.film.
Join us Friday at 11:00 for a discussion of non-binary identity, and what it is like for non-binary youth growing up today. Our jumping off point is this article from the New York Times:
The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary
If you are unable to access the article, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to register here. Talk to you soon!
This week for the club we are going with a video: learn from children and teens about what it’s like Growing Up Trans in this PBS/Frontline documentary.
And if you want to learn more (though it’s not necessary to watch this before the meeting), take a look at this MTV Doc: Transformation.
Don’t forget to register for the meeting.
Have a great week and let’s talk on Friday!
6/18/19 UPDATE – NOTE NEW DATE. This meeting will be held on June 26 rather than June 19, due to the Juneteenth holiday.
This week we turn to the topic of the effects of smart phones on young people. We have two articles. The first one makes large claims about the negative effects of smart phones, especially for mental health. The second is, in part, a critique of that view.
- Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
- Lisa Guernsey, Slate: Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone
(If you have time to read just one article, make it the second one –Guernsey touches on the first article’s main points, so you’ll get the gist.)
Remember to register for the reading club meeting and join us at 11:00 on Friday!
To many of us our 6/5 discussion of this interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (main conversation starts 15 minutes in) felt like it just scratched the surface, so we are adding a meeting on Friday, 6/12, 11-12, to continue the discussion.
If you missed the first meeting, don’t hesitate to join us for this one. One topic to consider (though the discussion will not be limited to this):
- Are there ways we can help young people connect across racial/ethnic lines?
- What support or preparation do we need to do this?
Join us–I’m sure it will be another rich conversation! Register here.
“If we can’t talk about it, how can we solve it?” Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
This week our selection is a video rather than a reading–an interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. The former president of Spelman College, Dr. Tatum is author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Next to Each Other in the Cafeteria?, a book that many of us also highly recommend! Originally published in 1997, it has been updated for our time in a 20th anniversary edition.
This Friday we’ll discuss this recent Kansas City Public Library interview with Dr. Tatum . Note that the conversation really gets going about 15 minutes in.
Please remember to register for the June 5 discussion at 11:00!
Hope you can join us!
Mindsets! We’ve all heard about Carol Dweck’s exciting research on growth and fixed mindsets, but are we putting that research to work effectively?
This week we’ll discuss Dweck’s contention that people have not fully understood how to implement her work, and how we might need to slightly shift our approach in order to be more effective.
Read The Atlantic: How Praise Became a Consolation Prize
And remember to register for the May 22 reading club.
See you then!
Do you know a parent (or are you a parent) who needs resources to help them cope during the coronavirus pandemic? Do you know of a great practical resource parents could use?
In response to a request from one of you, Michele began gathering parent resources and Heather and the Parent Engagement Learning Collaborative are continuing to build the list. Topics (as of this writing) include:
- Emotional Support (for parents and children)
- Talking Points for Discussing COVID-19
- Dealing with Grief and Loss
- General Resources (e.g., mutual aid)
- Unemployment Resources
- Mental Health Services
Browse and add your own resources to Real Life Resources for Parents During the Pandemic.
The Reading Club is back! This week we have two articles on a theme. If you have time to read only one, make it the first. Register here for Friday, 5/15, at 11:00.
- Why the Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Americans Hardest
(Slate interview with Akilah Johnson)
- Coronavirus Numbers Reflect New York City’s Deep Economic Divide (The Intercept)
Hope you’ll join us for this timely topic!