All posts tagged: social policy

Mindset changes

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to move in. At first, I just wanted to share things that I had learned through my experiences and professional¬†development, especially considering the lacking background of general and content educators in regards to ELL education. Yet, every time I posted, I felt a little more pretentious than the previous day. Often, I would stare at my screen trying to find ways of sharing that wouldn’t sound off-putting. Now, as I am writing, I strive to maintain that this is simply my point of view. My perspective placed out in the world for others to read. This is just one of my own mindset changes that I have had over the course of the last 2 years. In fact, I have made many realizations and mindset changes even in the last 24 hours. One is that my blood boils far too easily, but the other is that we need to make changes in how to explain concepts to people as advocates of …

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and "fixing problems."

How we talk about certain topics can define how we feel about those topics and shape other’s views on the topic. This has been shown in many different ways, in many different contexts. Some examples; using the determiner “the” in front of a social identifier changes the tone in a negative way, saying “those people” instead of identifying an individual, or calling people a slur or biased name in general. These are all examples of how the language we use both shapes us and is shaped by our feelings and thoughts. Recently, the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow girls into their scouting programs. Along with this decision, they have decided to also change their name from Boy Scouts to¬†Scouts. This has a lot of people in an uproar and claiming things like, “This is a liberal agenda,” or “Society is going downhill.” These statements are demonstrably false. As a former Scout leader, I can’t tell you how many parents I talked to, with myself included in this group, that wished that our daughters …