The old mission of this online community was simply to get better at what we do. This includes classroom management, awareness of the research, how to deal with tough kids, etc. We’ve done a good job for over 15 years on that.
Now, with Minnesota, we move into the real mission. It is my prayer that all readers here successfully make the connection between what is written in the link below to what we are doing here. What are we doing here?
Yes, we are trying to get better at this work and will continue to do so but, in case anyone hasn’t noticed, we are also gaining command of how to teach a language successfully (a) online and (b) with regard to the critically important information found below.
I say again – pls make every effort to understand the connection between what is written in this article and the real future work we are doing as teachers.
EVERYTHING WE DO IN OUR FUTURE LANGUAGE TEACHING MUST ADDRESS IN SOME WAY THE CONTENT OF THIS ARTICLE. OTHERWISE, WHAT ARE WE DOING?*
*what I mean by this is that if our language instruction is not about helping the downtrodden and oppressed in our society, and helps the people putting the knees down, the oppressors, then we aren’t really being very American, are we?