If you are an educator in America or follow education issues, you probably know about Dr. Ravitch’s websites. I highly recommend her websites, as Dr. Ravitch dares to challenge the status quo.
As she writes on her blog:
Diane Ravitch’s website
A bit about her background, from her website:
My website is dianeravitch.com.
I am a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University.
I was born in Houston, Texas, attended the Houston public schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1960. I received my Ph.D. in the history of American education in 1975.
If you are a poet writing in English, you might/ probably know Rattle.com and its amazing print journal. Rattle is the online magazine, and information on how to subscribe to the fine quarterly print journal can be found here subscribe.
The magazine sponsors a weekly competition for poems written in response to current events. See here: Poets Respond.
But for me, a poet who has always been inspired by other writers and artists, one of the most fascinating aspects of this multi-faceted journal is Rattle sponsors an Ekphrastic Challenge each month, when poets respond to a work of visual art by writing poem inspired by this visual art. Details may be found here: Rattle’s ekphrastic challenge.
The poetry is, in my opinion, amazing. It is fresh and frightening, raw and refined. It’s really good modern poetry.
But the site says it best:
Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry.
We feel that poetry lost its way in the 20th century, to the point that mainstream readers have forgotten how moving language alone can be…The pure love of language is one of the most important experiences in the history of human culture, and somehow most of us have forgotten about it.
If you are a poet, you can learn from the best modern poets by reading Rattle’s online magazine, their print magazine, and even their Facebook page. If you say you don’t like poetry, I challenge you to read there for a few days and come back to me and tell me that again.
Rattle reminds us of the power of poetry.
I’ve written to fictional characters for many years; sometimes, I get replies. When very young, I used to write to Anne Frank to offer comfort, to seek comfort, to wish she had lived. Imagine what she could have written, what she could have become as an adult. I wrote to her when I was very young, before I really understood her history. I wrote to her as if she were a character in a book, and I just loved her.
I have written in characters’ voices to other characters, in the form of ekphrastic poems.
I have written poetry in the voices of Levin from Anna Karenina, of Macduff from Macbeth, of Simon from Lord of the Flies. I have written in the voice of Lucy Gayheart in Willa Cather’s fine novel of the same name. To characters in the novels of Thomas Wolfe–o, lost! To characters in the amazing novels of John Steinbeck. To characters in those many young adult novels I read when a teen–I wanted to tell them I understood.
Do many others do this? It seems such an incredible thing to me when a writer creates characters that truly speak to me; they help me grow as a person. They help me empathize, see things from other points of views.
From one mind to another, across the years and the miles? That’s such an amazing gift of literacy. Literacy means we don’t have to be confined to one place and time, and that is a priceless gift.
As promised, I will continue to post links to sites I find are good for teachers, writers, poets, and more.
–an online political, human rights and arts magazine, because social justice and the arts are important.
From their site:
“Tuck Magazine is a political, human rights, lit, music and arts journal with a difference: we aim to entertain a wide variety of readers globally.”
Now don’t you want to go there and read? I feel it’s important to have creativity walk with compassion, which is the “slogan” of this site, after all. I like what they are publishing.
If you have some sites you consider worth reading and investigating, let me know!