I came across this short yet powerful TED talk. Educator Clint Smith delivers a power piece of spoken word on what he believes to be the dangers of silence. Smith, like many educators, values students’ voices and opinions. He believes we must encourage our students to speak out against injustices because silence leads to discrimination, violence, and war. Through the use of poetry, Smith helps students shares their stories- share their “truths.” Smith begins his spoken work piece with a powerful Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Smith also shares 4 core principles that he runs his classes by:
1. Read critically
2. Write consciously
3. Speak clearly
4. Tell your truth
Watch Smith’s 4-minute video here to hear more about the dangers of silence:
Today the research group will be presenting work from the project Literacy Teacher Educators: Their Backgrounds, Visions and Practices, at the Ministry of Education/Faculties of Education Forum – Research Practice:Nurturing relationships for teaching, learning and well-being. It will be an interesting and exciting day.
For those in Ontario you might be interested in the upcoming conference sponsored by the Ontario Deans of Education/Ontario Teaching Federation. This is a low-key conference which addresses issues facing Ontario teacher educators and teachers. I have found it to be interesting because there is lots of opportunities for discussion with fellow faculty. Here is the website for the conference: https://event-wizard.com/2014TeacherEdConf/0/welcome/
Conference will be held at York University. It begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014, and runs from 8:30 am to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Proposals are due December 10th. They also produce an e-book of papers from the conference.