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  1. Apr 2019
    1. Soja describes spatial justice in urban contexts as “fighting for the right to the city” (p. 6).

      The Right to the City Alliance has turned this work from lefebvre, and turned it into a movement. I have cited their work in a previous class I taught. Find out more about them: https://righttothecity.org/,

      and here's a video from them: https://vimeo.com/87908751

  2. Feb 2019
    1. spatial navigations to critically engage in literacy beyond school

      This is what I've been trying to study! I think. I'm early. lol. 1st year Ph.D.

    2. As we daily contemplate these questions, we do not point our fingers at urban public schools, but at the system of inequality and inequity that allows many of our schools to function as they do.

      This is an important distinction. we are talking about a societal shift in how we value urban public schools. not just burdening urban public schools without more resources or supports.

  3. Dec 2018
    1. I am committed to creating teaching and learning experiences that support the literacy practices that young people already have but that are often hidden in the shadows of school expectations.

      The shadows. Love the shadows.

    2. Such questions undermine youth writing identities and do not recognize their writing competence, especially youth from urban communities. In this way, programs intended to be progressive, like Writing Our Lives, are expected to help urban youth learn how to write and score higher on school assessments.

      Makes me think of the ways that "underground writing" has to come back to these more normative ways of seeing "achievement".

  4. Jul 2015
    1. body.

      I believe this is most important to remember. It can be paired with Ellison's famous quote from Invisible Man:

      When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.

      It is not tied to who Coates believes himself, or his son to be. It is intimately connected to their body.

    2. The greatest reward of this constant interrogation, of confrontation with the brutality of my country, is that it has freed me from ghosts and myths.

      In many ways, this is the goal of education. This is the purpose that I walk into the classroom in the morning to feed to my students. Not feed in the sense to hand over, or a pre-made plate. But rather in the sense of teaching them how to fish. And why we must. I love how he adds in the next paragraph "And yet I am still afraid..." I think that means so much, when so much is out of our control.