A Moment of Silence for Michael Brown

Steve Singer is a Yinzercation steering committee member and a teacher in the Steel Valley. This was his experience in the classroom yesterday with his students as they tried to process Ferguson together. This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for teachers like Steve.

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Michael Brown has been dead for more than 100 days.

Yet he was in my classroom this morning.

He stared up at me from 22 sets of eyes, out of 22 faces with 22 pairs of mostly Black and Brown childish cheeks.

The day after it was announced Missouri police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of the unarmed Black teen my class was eerily quiet.

There was no yelling.

No singing or humming or tapping either.

No one played keep away with anyone else’s pencil or laughed about something someone had said or done the night before.

No conversation about what so-and-so was wearing or arguments about the football game.

My first period class filed into the room and collapsed into their seats like they’d been up all night.

Perhaps they had been.

By the time the morning announcements ended and I had finished…

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2 thoughts on “A Moment of Silence for Michael Brown

  1. Thanks for sending, Jessie. Steve was my student my first year at Pitt and we’ve stayed in touch. I’m so proud of him.

    Amanda Godley Associate Professor Dept. of Instruction & Learning

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    • Thank you so much, Amanda. That really means a lot coming from you. And thank you, Jessie, for reblogging my post. I’m honored to be featured on one of the best education blogs in the country!

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