Kenzo Shibata

Chicago teacher, activist, writer, digital media strategist

Why the Left Must Embrace Affluenza

I can’t remember in my lifetime any diseases cured or new vaccines developed. I can’t imagine how elated the world must have been when Jonas Salk released the polio vaccine, … Continue reading

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Teach for America’s Mission in Chicago

Teach for America wanted to help stem a teacher shortage. Why then are thousands of experienced educators being replaced by hundreds of new college graduates? Originally published in Jacobin. Teach … Continue reading

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Why #AskVentra Failed

Quick thoughts on #AskVentra: You don’t need to do a Twitter campaign. Social media is a tool and the Twitter Town Hall model of using a hashtag is a tactic. … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Checking Privilege Isn’t Enough

Privilege is one of those trigger words that forces people to stop reading, and start reacting. It’s a word that I often omit from dialogue — online and off — … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

Conservative Contradictions in the Phil Robertson Duck-bacle

This whole Duck Dynasty drama is a perfect example of the contradictions and limits of conventional American conservative thought. Phil Robertson (Mr. Duck) was fired from his job for expressing … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Huffington Post: What’s the Plan for Chicago Public Schools? Look No Further Than Detroit

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) “Emergency Manager” Roy Roberts stepped down from his position on May 2. During his announcement, Roberts said that his instructions when he took the job were to … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment
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