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It’s her!!! This might be the best thing ever!!! #NCTE18 #DisruptTexts #BeyondTheSingleStory
On the power of her teachers... “It must have give me great confidence to be SEEN by my teacher like that. She saw me, she saw all of us... She made me feel like my passion mattered.” #NCTE18
On other teachers... “Lack of respect was really my curiosity, my refusal to give into a false sense of deference. I wish those other Ts had a way to guide my questions. To read my restless curiosity as just that, not as a reason for censure.” #NCTE18
“To be a good teacher is not about the curriculum, it’s about making a child feel seen, as an individual. When we value a student, we teach that student to value themselves.” #NCTE18
“Well, what will you do with literature?” her teacher asked. “Literature is practical if we widen our definition of practical - the ability to think critically, to develop empathy.” #NCTE18
“It should never be a question of STEM OR Language Arts—but of STEM AND Language Arts.” #NCTE18
What do our Ss really know about Africa? “I think it’s wonderful that China Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is so widely read, but I wonder if students know that it takes place in the late 1800s.” #BeyondTheSingleStory #NCTE18
“The idea of keeping Ss comfortable, but we need to make peace with discomfort. It is perverse to expect to always be comfortable. Life is messy... there’s an excessive ‘safeness’ in what we say children can read or not read. We can afford to be uncomfortable.” #NCTE18
On raising her three year old daughter: “To have a child is to be initiated into a society of anxiety.” #NCTE18
“There is something wonderful and affirming about reading about experiences that are familiar to you, and that particular pleasure should not be denied to anyone.” #NCTE18
“The problem with books that are about relentlessly Black heroism is to deny the humanity of Black people... What if we had books about Black children just being children... more than symbols of injustice.” #NCTE18
Adichie points out the double standard and hypocrisy of how we too often expect Ss to be able to read books by White Men as universal.

Also, when a White man writes about his identity, he is writing about identity politics in the same way Black and Brown people are. #NCTE18
“We cannot know about a person or place if we only depend on one story of a person or place. We cannot depend on only one telling of a story..” #BeyondTheSingleStory #NCTE18
Adichie comments on how different the telling of the murder of Khashoggi is depending on the newspaper and country. Then this: “And we cannot also forget that a man was killed because he told stories.” #NCTE18
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