I'm teaching summer school for high schoolers and their sex ed curriculum is decidedly lacking in queer/gender topics. (as-in, there's none. Nada. Zilch. Zero).

I'm aiming to fix that.

Please help me best teach the babies what we weren't taught by filling out this survey. :)

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I will celebrate the day Betsy Devos is dead.

I hope she knows that.

I hope I meet her someday to tell her that with a smile on my face.

Studenti (again, it's my life): [2/2] 

I also played devil's advocate to encourage kids to be super detailed. They got so DARK, it's AWESOME bc that's the POINT in THE GIVER

Me: What about consent?

Me: what do you do with people who _want_ to be prejudiced?
"We jettison them into space, Ms. Bird, duh."

How are you going to solve this war?
"By making a ton of poisoned cookies."
K I want the recipe - they wrote a cyanide cookie recipe!!!!!

Studenti (again, it's my life): [1/2] 

We're making utopias in my classroom (bc it's a great prelude to The Giver bc it's literally impossible). I give kids problems + diversity - disease, famine, prejudice; left-handed ppl, etc. - and they gotta solve it AND make a perfect society.

"Ms. Bird? How do you get women to have babies if they don't want to?"
Me: "Well, you either violate human rights or... don't."

Student short story mastahpieces include:

- Patty Vader (who cheated at a talent show with an electric guitar)

- the God of Disasters baked a cake with a blowtorch and his mother loved it

- John Thicc was referenced in TWO other short stories

- a were-cheetah fought were-lions (who killed his dad but bc his dad killed the lion's son?) and then realized he loved his best friend, a were-eagle, because they're mates which is based on scent and - oh, it was gay~

Students: short story assignment

In addition to John Thicc, another student wrote 16 pages of gay Naruto fanfiction.

I'm having a *great* time reading these

Student bbys are writing short stories. Main character in this kid's story?

John Thicc.

He's accompanied by Thicc Thanos and a pink unicorn (who dies, tragically).

[3] Summary of convos had with students yesterday: (TDoR) 

- students were shocked at the number of trans folks killed from hate crimes. Many stated "that's.. more than a person a day."
- students asked how to assist the trans community. Like, they want to take action.
- This month: I've had to explain to babies why ppl kill Jewish people in their synagogues + children in schools. This was just as hard bc ppl don't talk to kids

I dunno what I'm doing as a teacher, folks, but the kids? Are a'ight.

[2] Summary of convos had with students yesterday: (TDoR) 

-several students begged to talk about queer topics all period (but we had ter talk SHORT STORIES)
- second part of class was naming what we're thankful for; One student wrote: "I am thankful for the people who are accepting in my life." That student came out to me as gay last month; he's not out publicly yet
- one student gawped when she asked if she could write Naruto fanfiction but with Naruto as a transman and I said OF COURSE

[1] Summary of convos had with students yesterday: (TDoR) 

We talked about the Trans Day of Remembrance.

- one student asked: "how can I tell what gender someone is?" I asked: "Well, why do you care?" Kid raised a finger and inhaled, but had no response.
- another student hollered "YEAH THEY'RE JUST PEOPLE"
- "Why were trans people not allowed in the military?" spawned a discussion of the trans flag, designed by navy vet
- we talked about India's 5 recognized genders. Research ensued.

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Janelle Monáe is many people in alternate timelines at once, writes Sydnee Monday. She imagines black people into the future, in the midst of past and present threats of erasure.

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excited for the inevitable appropriation of pikachu into the blue lives matter discourse

Tryna grade. Jack is helping. (he cried at my feet until I picked him up). @mawr

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#JackIsCrying because both @missbird and I are home today and neither of us is playing with him and it's just not fair.

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