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Five Star Friday's 270th Edition Is Brought to You by Amiri Baraka

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the complication of love and self-acceptance, the need for an education system that engages, weight and shame, racism and white privilege, allowing yourself some sweetness first, and Amiri Baraka:

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There is no depth to education without art.
— Amiri Baraka

Happy Friday!

"Ask Polly: I Am Severely Chafed By My Gentle, Compassionate Boyfriend" by Heather Havrilesky at The Awl:

This is just where you are right now. It's ok that you're here. There are lots of reasons you're here. It's not your fault. You aren't used to this kind of love. This is brand new.

"Grit, Character and Academic Success: Thoughtlessness, Part 3" by Grant Wiggins at Granted, and…:

The conventional pedagogy of a conventional 'coverage' focused curriculum works against the growth of character because in it the sole job of the student is to submit to the teaching, to the norms of winning approval in a ranking system, and to standardized outcomes where some will be winners and others not. Kids want to create and contribute; they want to be efficacious; they want to make a difference. Academic demands must build upon that urge, not stifle it.

"My Pod" by Audrey at Barking Mad:

I've said it once before, but it bears repeating… if shame is such a good thing, then why are there still so damn many obese walking the earth? The rate and depth of the shame leveled against us is enough to bury the planet.

"5 Things No One Is Actually Saying About Ani DiFranco or Plantations" by Scott Woods at Scott Woods Makes Lists:

Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn't care if you are a white person who likes black people; it's still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don't look like you.

"Magic Starter" by Archita at A Journey Called Life…:

"Wow! Why didn't I think of this?" I noted.
"It's okay. Why am I here? To help you to think."
He danced with me and we planned not to share this trick with anyone.

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