Episode 86 | Hair, Bias, and the Quest for Black Joy in Education w/ Lorena Germán

Season #2

In this episode of Our Classroom, Roberto and Lorena Germán explore the pressing issues of conformity and resistance in education. They shared powerful insights on how discriminatory policies in schools, particularly around hair and appearance, reflect deeper systemic racism. With personal anecdotes and fiery passion, they advocate for inclusive policy-making, transparency, and collective action to combat injustices. They unpack the notion of flexibility, one of the pillars of "Textured Teaching". They also highlight the significance of cases like Darryl George's fight against hair discrimination in Texas. It's a discussion that shakes the core of educational conformity and champions the celebration of individual identity and Black joy. Welcome to Our Classroom!


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