What I’ll Say to My History Class If There’s No Clear Winner on Election Night

Waking up to teach the day after the presidential election of 2016 was one of the most surreal moments of my more than decade-long teaching career. The demographics of the high school where I was teaching four years ago were roughly 50 percent white and 50 percent Black, Indigenous, and students of color. That morning, … More What I’ll Say to My History Class If There’s No Clear Winner on Election Night

What President Trump Gets Wrong About ‘Patriotic Education’

Throughout his presidency, Trump has accused teachers, especially history teachers, as “indoctrinating” students to “hate America.” I joined four other state teachers of the year,* who all teach history, to set the record straight about what transpires in our classrooms. In a somber back-to-school season gripped by the pandemic, President Donald Trump late last month … More What President Trump Gets Wrong About ‘Patriotic Education’

Our Students Deserve Spaces Not Named After White Supremacists

On June 5 of 2020, a few friends and I attended a Black Lives Matter rally right outside of Jackson Square, in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. We were fortunate to rendezvous with some of my former students. At the rally, protesters silently sat along the Mississippi River to reflect on the recent … More Our Students Deserve Spaces Not Named After White Supremacists

高校を卒業する君たちへの公開書簡

投稿日2020年3月16日 クリス・ダイアー 高校を卒業する君たちへ 金曜日午後、学校終了のベルが鳴り終わった後、高校3年生数人が、私の教室に入ってきました。みんな、プロムパーティー(アメリカの高校の社交行事のダンスパーティ)や卒業旅行のことを心配していました。生徒の話を聞いているうちに、教師として胸が張り裂けそうになりました。今、これから卒業を迎えようとしている君たちも、これを読んできっと同じように心配していることでしょう。

Una carta abierta a los estudiantes de último año de secundaria

Estimados Seniors de Escuela Secundaria: El viernes por la tarde, algunos estudiantes de último año entraron a mi clase después de que sonó la última campana. Estaban molestos porque su viaje de senior a Disneyworld probablemente será cancelado. Me rompió el corazón de maestro al escuchar. Porque esto es difícil. Se supone que este debería … More Una carta abierta a los estudiantes de último año de secundaria

Upcoming Lectures!

Greetings!  I am honored to have been invited to give lectures to discuss my research on the St. Bernard Parish Massacre of 1868 as the 150th anniversary approaches. They are all free and open to the public. 1. Thursday, September 13, 6pm The New Orleans Jazz Museum At The Old U.S. Mint 400 Esplanade Ave, … More Upcoming Lectures!