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Teach for America talks about privilege at every event and in every meeting. It is an unavoidable reality that as a college-educated teacher working in a low-income community it would come up. I was excited for these conversations. What I did not expect was how much it would come to take over my way of thinking outside my job.
I must explain, like many of you I teach at a school that is almost entirely African American and (according to the principal) would be title 1 if my students got it together to turn in the forms. One of my students has to miss an awesome summer program to watch her baby sister. Several of my students are homeless. They come to school without pencils or paper. They wear the same jacket they love every single day. But there are other struggles that are not expressed, like that they do not…