by Basilisa Perkins, mother of 2 and public health educator in Broward County, FL. Advocate for her girls and, at times, homeschool teacher to her daughter with special needs. The Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, explains hopelessness in a way that resonated with me and has helped me to become a better parent to both my children. She […]
I’m Singing a Redemption Song for #MyBlackHistory ‘Cause Songs of Freedom Are All I Ever Had
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so Black. Black Lives Matter, conversations on race and a Trump victory marked my 2016. I’ve always known my Blackness in the taking-it-for-granted kind of way. It’s my essence, my uniqueness, my swagger. I know it paints my experience and my behavior, but I never felt like it entered […]
Broward Will Protect All Children, No Matter What the Feds Say.
Are the problems transgender youth face considered a civil rights issue? Our previous and current administrations definitely disagree on whether Title IX applies to transgender students. Title IX is the federal law banning discrimination, based on sex, in educational institutions that get federal funding. Last week, the Trump administration pulled back guidance issued by the Obama team to public schools on bathroom access for transgender students. The previous Obama […]
Does Her Teacher Love Science As Much As She Does?
She’s turning 12. And in my classic avoidance of throwing a party or hang out with a bunch of pre-teens, I planned a girls trip to New York. We will see Christmas lights and snow if we are lucky. Of course, this is coming from two tropical girls who had to buy coats and closed-toed shoes for […]