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Review: Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally

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Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ladau proves an accessible and helpful guide on understanding the complexities of disability in modern society.  Her approach is a not a definitive guide but an introduction to the expansive and complex with an invitation to go further but by starting with this book, the reader is off to a good start.  She doesn't claim perfect knowledge or understanding of all the complexities of disability and comes to it from her own intersectional experience and her own research on the topic.  The book has a little bit of everything to offer if you are new to the topic from a brief history to explaining the different categories of disability, to examining language and appropriate ways to interact with people with disabilities.  On that last point, it boils down to treating people with disabilities as the humans they are, asking and not assum

Review: A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School

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A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School by Jack Schneider My rating: 4 of 5 stars Schneider and Berkshire's critique of charter schools and the privatization of public education is a sharp and insightful analysis that helps unpack the complex forces at play in actively trying to dismantle public education. They demonstrate that the current push toward charter schools is part of an ongoing effort by right-wing conservatives that has moved from peripheral to center over the past 80 years.  Initially arising as a means to work around equally funding schools for Black children or allowing for integration, charter school's historical legacy and contemporary means of being able to do a great deal of harm to students and teachers without any public accountability raise a range of questions about who is benefitting (i.e. profiting) from these structures.  Schneider and Berkshire help to answ