"Kids across the country are now experiencing in-person classrooms, online learning or some shifting combination of both. As we continue to weigh the risks along with new outbreaks, new evidence and new strategies, it’s right that we should be hearing most from the key stakeholders — those experiencing the consequences of ongoing decisions," write Julie Spray and Jean Hunleth. "Parents and teachers across the country are caught between a rock of earning a living and the hard place of health risk. But we have heard very little from one important group of stakeholders — children themselves."
"Soaring coronavirus infections have provoked a lot of second thoughts among U.S. colleges and universities that were hoping to resume at least some in-person instruction in the fall. That’s understandable, but troubling," writes Andrea Gabor. "It’s crucial to engage students in meaningful collaborative experiences that are difficult to achieve on Zoom. The damage to young people and institutions of higher learning will be deep and lasting unless administrators develop creative ways — in concert with both students and faculty — to revive key aspects of campus life."
Microaggressions are daily verbal, behavioral, or humiliation, that conveys hostile and derogatory insults towards minorities. Many perpetrators make statements that are racist without them knowing it. It’s due to the lack of education and awareness of other cultures that they feel the need to ask racial questions or comments. I will take a look at microaggressions at an institutional level, specifically the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Due to these understatements, many POC feel aggravated, oppressed, alienated, and unsafe on campus. Given the long history of white supremacy and exiling out minorities, these stereotypical ideas still exist in the minds of people today. Microaggressions occur because of insufficiency of education of minorities’ history and culture.
Recently, I have been listening to relationship problems from friends and family. I’ve noticed that during these situations active listening doesn’t take place, which escalates the issue further and typically ends messy or bad. I’m sure everyone has experienced these types of situations before, which I believe stems off of miscommunication, poor communication, and not actively listening. There can be many reasons and situations, but it all really comes down to these two important tools. These two tools are the basis of solving problems, so the situation won’t end with bitter feelings towards each other.
As I grew up, I only thought literacy only affected my school life because when I went home, I didn't have to worry for 8 hours of school work. Now that I'm older and is reflecting on my life and what I want to do with school and my future career, I realized that literacy is important to me. I don't dread it like how I dread other subjects and topics in school. I realized that literacy has always been a part of me and I appreciate it because it has helped me become the person I am today.