Tutor profile: Kelly F.
Subject: Gender Studies
How does intersectional feminism serve men?
Many people think of feminism as resistance to patriarchal society. By this line of thinking, it is counterintuitive for men to support dismantling a system that was created by men to serve men. While challenging the hegemony of a patriarchal world is an important goal of feminism, intersectional feminism recognizes that the struggle is larger than "man versus woman." Intersectional feminism considers seen and unseen identities including race, class, ability, age, and sexuality. Gender and sexuality exist on a spectrum, yet because gender is a socially constructed binary of male and female, all individuals feel at odds at some point with the ideas of "masculine" and "feminine." All individuals should feel free to express a range of emotions without shame, as well as make career and family choices that suit their wants and needs, but many other limitations and abilities can manifest through our multiple identities. In order to create a more equitable society, we must reconsider our learned biases and include those who have benefitted from patriarchy (maybe white, heterosexual, able-bodied cis-males) in our unlearning in a gendered and patriarchal society.
Subject: World History
What makes a leader "great?"
First, we need to decide on a definition of a "great" leader. If we use Alexander the Great, he earned his title by consolidating power and expanding his empire through military strategy and ruled the largest mass of land unknown by any other civilization at that time. Some leaders achieve legendary status not for their positive impact, but brutal or extreme measures. The Mongol army under Genghis Khan used so many brutal tactics the primary source accounts of conquered Persians are difficult to believe. Yet, Genghis Khan and his descendants tolerated the religious and cultural traditions of their conquered peoples. Machiavelli was not a leader himself, but he probed Italian statesmen to consider whether it is better to be loved or feared by the people you rule in his guidebook titled, "The Prince." To this day, the definition of a "great" leader continues to change with the challenges of culture, economics, globalization and technology.
How do you ensure all voices are heard in a high school classroom discussion?
It's important to establish a classroom based on trust that honors questions and answers from the first day. As the teacher, we model listening when we respond to students with personalized or unique feedback, and we can teach and model accountable talk such as "can you clarify what you mean when you said___?" or, "I understand what you mean by __, but I believe __." At the same time, teachers must monitor their own talk time, and allow students to hear and respond to one another. This un-facilitated structure is best practiced in a Socratic Seminar, but on a day-to-day basis, cold calling by random name drawing, asking for students to agree or disagree with their peer and explain why, and forced choice or four corners share-outs all enable students to become comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions in the classroom.
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