As a teacher educator and teacher of multilingual, refugee, and immigrant students, I found Bill Bigelow’s Birth of the Mexican Border session to be truly powerful.
He opened the session with profound statements that had me reflecting on my own context here in Texas and scribbling his every word in my notebook. Then, he engaged our packed room of 75+ educators in, as he called it, “curricular seduction.” Leading us in an example of just what he suggests we do as educators, he advised us that, “We need to teach about the world as it is, but we don’t need to do it grimly. We can have lively conversations.”
Thank you, Mr. Bigelow, and Zinn Education Project, for a memorable professional experience.