Simone Biles: You Can Be Strong and Choose Rest
Simone Biles is a champion for liberation through her public acceptance and acknowledgement of her need for rest, which is an inevitably radical act of resistance, writes Ivory Bennett.
Texas Hold ‘Em: Social-Emotional Learning in the Lone STAAR State
Although millions in funds are annually invested in STAAR preparation, testing and re-testing, STAAR fails to capture the social-emotional learning growth of students.
Is America Capable of Restorative Justice?
John Wooden once said, “the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” But, what does America do when the world isn’t watching?
The Texas Storm and The Power of The People
Did I Vote This Year? Absolutely. Do I Feel Good About It? No.
I vote to honor my ancestors. The ones who survived slavery so that I might thrive; the ones who died pursuing freedom and liberty. The kinfolk who suffered selflessly so that I can legally read, write and vote.
I Have Never Known Life Without Police Brutality
One of the most impactful experiences with police brutality for me is intertwined in generational trauma. My mother, who suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia, was in her late teens or early twenties and having a manic episode.
Showing Up as a Teacher and a Student
My name is Ivory Bennett. I am currently 29 years old. And I spent roughly 17 years of my life in foster care because of my mother’s extreme mental illness. At this point in time, I am a high school English teacher and a cheer coach, all the while being a full-time graduate student in two programs.