The Beauty of a Mixed Family and Mixed Food

The Beauty of a Mixed Family and Mixed Food

One of the best aspects of Hispanic culture is the mixing.

At a time when activist-types are complaining about cultural appropriation, it’s nice to take a step back and appreciate the fact that Latino culture is one big mix of appropriation and that’s what makes it so beautiful.

As the holidays approach, readers have asked me to write more about the Hispanic culture in my family, and the first thing I can think of is how holidays with my Hispanic family members are a blend of really nice cultural traditions. Continue Reading…

     

Not Teaching the Las Vegas Shooting

Not Teaching the Las Vegas Shooting

(Photo source: Elizabeth Wroe, 2017)

I love discussing current events with my students.
The best part about this is that in New York State, the required civics course “Participation in Government” is typically given to seniors, so not only do I get a bit of wiggle room as far as curriculum goes, but I can also have relevantly intelligent conversations with young adults. Students who graduated have told me that our current events discussions were their favorite part of the class.
In all the conversations I have with the kids, I try and have a hopeful tone. Continue Reading…