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Journalist & historian. Pub musician. Dad. Husband. I also do dishes. My book: #TheBrightAges https://t.co/v9cihOknRe. Subscribe: https://t.co/rhkQHioWqV.
Sep 23, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Here's why I believe Christine Blasey Ford.

1) Every woman to whom I have been close has reported similar highschool experiences.
2) Kavanaugh's testimony of at least 20 years of aggressive behavior linked to binge drinking. 3) The consequences for coming forward for Ford have been horrific, the rewards zero. The most likely reason to do this are because she's telling the truth.
Sep 5, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
“There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”

this is how the GOP became complicit in active white supremacy, family separation, and more. The GOP decided to back the candidacy of the worst and least qualified candidate in modern history, a serial sexual predator, a cheat and a liar, a racist sexist ableist bigot.

Because tax cuts for rich people and deregulation to make $$ while poisoning the planet.
Jul 29, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
Good morning. My theory on technology in the classroom is this: Our choice is between surveillance vs teaching students to use tech well. Bans will fail and fail increasingly as technology advances.

Read @TheAtlantic: theatlantic.com/education/arch… It's become clear over the last 4 years that it's difficult to persuade many people that ableism is a good enough not to ban laptops. I find that ... I find that infuriating.
May 18, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Keep shaming racists. Keep pointing out the ways that white supremacy is implicit in cases when it isn't implicit.
May 9, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
I'd like to know if an editor asked Bari Weiss about this paragraph in her own piece that contradicts her entire premise. /1 I understand that these incredibly rich people ALSO want to promote dehumanizing ideology without social consequences. I understand that they want this. /2
May 2, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
White Texas school principal tells staff that next time a black disabled child tries to leave school grounds, "We won’t chase him. We will call the police and tell them he has a gun so they can come faster.”

huffingtonpost.com/entry/shanna-s… The principal has apologized for joking about getting a child in her care murdered by police.
Mar 28, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
I'm interested in the use of "doctorate in medieval history." He's a 69 year old man who received his phd from Emory in 2000. This "color fact" is being used to demean rather than enlighten. /1 My friend Michael is a lawyer, defended death penalty cases, is a disability right activist and father of a woman with Down syndrome in Oregon. He decided to take a few years off and get a phd in medieval history from the Sorbonne at one point. /2
Mar 26, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Mark Conditt was a terrorist: Religious zealot, anti-LGBT, anti-reproductive rights, played wargames with other religious zealots, then murdered people in the #AustinBombing.

psmag.com/social-justice… Elliot Rodger, the #IslaVista murdered, was also a terrorist. Identified by @splcenter as the first "alt-right" terrorist. Rodger participated in a broad community dedicated to violent racist fantasies about women.

Mar 4, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
When someone criticizes a privileged group to which I belong, I try to stop and reflect to what extent I perform the harmful behaviors being discussed. That's my first move (aspirationally anyway). /1 #IntentionallyVagueTwitter 2) Of course my first reaction is to say #notall ... whatevers. I am human. I am flawed. But I recognize that and try to shift back to my aspiration of introspection and self-examination ASAP.
Feb 18, 2018 16 tweets 3 min read
Hey Academia: Everyone knows that teaching evaluations are tools that reinforce bias and hierarchy.

1) Stop asking for them for promotion/tenure.
2) Stop asking for them for job applications. They have their uses as a mode of feedback generation for teachers to read, consider them as biased sources, and ponder how to improve. They can be functional. They should not be part of the tenure and promotion process. They should not be part of a job application portfolio.
Feb 17, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Alternate History:

Weiss: Immigrants they get the job done
Crowd: Hey she's not an immigrant (also misquote)
Weiss: Oops, sorry, my bad! #delete

#TheEnd Like sure, sometimes people refuse to accept apologies. And sometimes apologies aren't enough if there's a pattern of behavior showing a lack of incremental improvement.
Dec 11, 2017 5 tweets 1 min read
Because the science is flawed. Current small-sample studies test normative learners in non-classroom conditions and make outsized claims which then get simplified into ableist practices. Since you asked. "Science" would require actually creating a set of identical learners encountering the same material, one with laptops, one without, and comparing results.
Nov 2, 2017 11 tweets 1 min read
The President of the United States took to mass media to call for the execution of a person who hasn't been tried or convicted. It is not surprising that Trump would do this. He's an authoritarian would-be despot, barely restrained by our systems.
Sep 8, 2017 6 tweets 1 min read
1) So I work as a lowly staff member at an R1 school now, but ... I have R1 library access to journals. Presto, I'm a better researcher. 2) When I worked on medieval things I had to ILL a lot (or use the library network in IL that got me the UofI system books).