Why I Write

In the introduction of his short essay Why I Write, George Orwell begins with this following notion: “From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer.” Most children have a vague impression of who they want to be when they … Continue reading Why I Write

Georgia O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Visionary of the twentieth century, Georgia O’Keeffe is characterized as a renowned abstractionist and an iconic landscape painter. Her work helped to advance American Modernism, and her transcendence of traditional realism named her an artistic revolutionary. Appreciation for O’Keeffe and her artwork stems from O’Keeffe’s ability to transform an organic impression into an artistic vision. … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Pedagogy of the Oppressed in Conversation with Precious Knowledge

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed discusses a theory of education in light of oppression and explores the source of liberation. Drawing from both political and philosophical insight, Freire determines that our current system of education denounces students to mere objects, leaving them little room for creative expression, which, in turn, eliminates students’ opportunity to … Continue reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed in Conversation with Precious Knowledge

The Future of Public Education: Are Ethnic Studies Teaching Students to Overthrow the Government?

Precious Knowledge is an educational film that hones in on the Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program at Tucson High School. The film documents several Hispanic students and their professors who participated in and sought to protect the MAS program from the threat of politicians who discredited the program’s success. The push for ethnic studies programs, … Continue reading The Future of Public Education: Are Ethnic Studies Teaching Students to Overthrow the Government?