This blog will host difficult conversations about school and society. It will welcome awkward, tentative discussions about some of the most sensitive questions out there, such as
- Why are schools still so racially segregated?
- What is college for?
- Should public schools teach sex ed? How?
- What history do schools embrace? Why?
- Why do so many people want creationism taught in public schools?
- Who has the power in public schools? Who SHOULD have the power?
- What sacred cows do we need to eliminate in order to get a truer picture of public education?
- What does it mean to “reform” education? Why does every politician preach it, but so few make any real changes?
- How do schools change over time?
- What does it mean to have “good” schools?
Since its humble beginnings in 2011, this blog has gone through some changes. At first, it tried to understand conservative ideas about school and culture. Then, it broadened to discuss educational culture wars in general. Now, it looks at schooling and culture writ large.
As in every incarnation, we at ILYBYGTH are dedicated to piercing comforting assumptions about school and society, even our own. In some cases, we’ll need to raise impolite questions, the kinds of questions you can’t ask in a teacher’s lounge or at a dinner party.
It can only work if all of us commit to speaking humbly, frankly, and civilly to one another. Chances are good that we’ll all be offended at some point. While none of us will seek to offend anyone, we understand that sometimes these conversations need to tread lightly but boldly onto sacred ground.