Let's change the way our kids experience 'different' in themselves and others so we can build a world that's more openly, vibrantly, and unapologetically diverse.
anamaria b call
We're not your typical parents or teachers. We see the news stories and Twitter updates and think to ourselves "Enough!". We listen to minority voices of so many kinds and shout "Please teach us!". And we worry about how to raise kids that will be and create the change we know is so badly needed in the world.
So what can we do? I think the answer is pretty simple- teach our kids. Tell them stories about the many kinds of 'different' in the world. Teach them to recognize and embrace their own, ever-changing differences. Most of all, train them to see, love, and understand those who are different from them.
And it doesn't have to be hard. In fact, that's the whole point of what we do here. We're daring to demonstrate the cumulative power of storytelling and intentional conversations about culture. In fact, while we're living our busy, joyfully chaotic lives, we can raise children who recognize and are immune to dehumanization. While balancing homework and soccer games, we can teach them to recognize institutional power in its many forms. And between shopping for groceries and driving to birthday parties, we can shape our children's worldview so they'll become vehicles for social justice in all they do in life.
No biggie. 😉
Check-out our mini-revolutions- one for teaching gifted kids about what it means to be different and the other for raising kids who'll change the world- to learn more and join us as we revolutionize 'different'!
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
My entire life has been about experiencing what it's like to be different... different language, different brain, different cultures. I'm a (neuroatypical) gifted, native Spanish speaker who grew up as a third-culture kid in the United States.
(I also have curly hair, am left-handed, and have a pretty wicked aversion to conformity.)
...'different' has always been my version of 'normal'.
That turned out to be super helpful in my work in public education and refugee resettlement where I spent more than eight years talking, training, and supporting people of different cultures (and different experiences of the world) to better understand each other and work together.
I've done extensive social justice work, particularly with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and am a trained interpreter, translator, and have trained interpreters representing more than 50 different language pairs. I have a Masters in Linguistics and have studied intercultural communication. Currently, I'm having way too much fun diving deep into anti-bias education, ethnic studies, and giftedness.
I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I raise two loud, wonderful, 'different' kids with my equally nueroatypical husband.