At some point in this never-ending election season, you might have read about how the Senate is not a particularly balanced institution. Meaning, by allocating the same number of Senators to each state, it grants undue power to small states. You might also have read about how this lopsided balance of power perpetuates an insidious aspect of white privilege; maybe you even saw this headline from The National Interest: “The Senate Is America’s Most Structurally Racist Institution.”

Behind this argument of racism lie a myriad of facts, figures, charts, and graphs. A compelling, if wonky, presentation of these can be…


I have a confession to make: I cannot stop dropping jokes into my flipped classroom.

It started innocently enough. During pre-planning, as my district was ramping up for an all-virtual start, I went through a brief training on “The Bitmoji Classroom.” I had seen bitmojis, of course — my friends had been texting them to me for years, and on Twitter I had observed the occasional smiling cartoon face giving me advice about how to improve my classroom. But this workshop was the first time I had made my own bitmoji.

Turns out the little guy was kind of addictive.


Recently I took to Twitter and posted what to me felt like an uncontroversial statement. It turned out I was horribly mistaken.

One night I was in bed scrolling through my timeline and, before turning out the light, I banged out this tweet:

I clicked “Save” and went to sleep, woke up the next morning and posted the tweet with my morning coffee. For a couple of hours it hummed along normally, picking up a handful of likes and retweets — I am no Twitter star, so I had no illusions of virality. …

Jay Wamsted

Teaching middle school in Atlanta. Writing about race, racism & white teachers. Twitter @JayWamsted

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