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Free the Tongue

Free the Tongue

By Tea
Where does language exist? In culture!

To understand the language, you must understand the culture. We are building a community profile of the city of Grand Rapids by interviewing the people and letting them tell us what they may. But that is not all! We also discuss topics related to linguistic discrimination, edutech, and the way of the future.

This is a podcast to free the tongue. A safe space to talk about what everyone knows but no one talks about. The good, the bad, and the solution.
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Death by The Institution of Education
So often many people remain silent about the abuse they experience at the hands of their employers, and thus it remains only whispers among the employee's. This only serves to strengthen the myth and legend of the power the employer has to continue their abuse and keep their employee's quiet and afraid.  The moment I spoke up about the clear discriminatory act committed against me by my admin, I predicted that I would be fired as a result. I documented my case every step of the way. I went through every appropriate channel that they offered to me to avoid discrimination. Understanding that it was most likely a farce, I know that it is hard for people to believe how ugly institutionalized discrimination is, so I went through every channel to show how broken the GRPS institution of education is....and how the members of the institution regardless of race, play a role in keeping it that way. 
19:29
August 04, 2022
S2E3: Everyone Is Important
In this episode, I speak with a community leader running for the board of education, Jose Alexander. Jose provides us with insight into his experience in the district public schools, and the issues he saw firsthand that may be causing disproportionately low test scores for students of color. But he doesn't just start the conversation, he also talks about his tried and true solutions for bringing equity to our school district. This is a candidate that comes with solutions and perspective and is in touch with the kids and the community. But don't just take our word for it. Check out this interview to find out!
31:50
July 05, 2022
S2E2 To the Superintendent
In this episode, I share the data that I compiled to share with the superintendent that connects the dots of systemic racism in the district that not only affects teachers of color but students of color as well.
29:56
January 18, 2022
S2E1 Racism Doesn't Exist
Though it is undisputed that the phenomenon of racism exists, it is rarely acknowledged or believed when it happens in society. In this episode, I share with you the tools necessary to prove that racism exists and share with you my experience shining the light on this phenomenon that nobody seems to sees except those who experience it. 
27:44
January 07, 2022
Episode 6: EDU TECH: Education in the Future
Are you a CELTA, TEFL, TESOL teacher ready to take your career to the next level? Are you a renaissance man or woman with lots of skills and looking for a career where you can use all of them?  Then listen to this episode to learn how Teachers of Tomorrow is revolutionizing the education field to help you use the skills that you've developed while following your passion to advance your career!
52:19
July 17, 2021
Episode 4: For Educators Who've considered another Profession when Altruism is not Enough
Real talk....the teaching profession is not attracting talent because talent is not and will never be obtained by merely preaching the altruistic aspects of the job. In our meritocratic American society, money is thrown at job positions that we deem valuable. Especially if there is a shortage. To make my case and point, just look at the tech job sector. But before one can be a tech guru, businessman, doctor, or lawyer, you have to be a student that completes the K-12 grade levels. If American society valued education, then that value would be reflected in the salaries of teachers. The people who are helping the children of the future unlock their hidden potential, discover their passions, and inspiring them to become who they choose to be. While it´s true, teachers tend to possess a lot of altruistic values, let´s be real, we aren´t monks or priests or any other line of work that signed up to take a vow of poverty. We´re just regular people who happen to love what it is that we do. We too have lives, hobbies, and interests beyond our work. If you are a teacher that has ever considered switching professions when Altruism was not enough, this episode is for you. Check out this episode.
17:48
May 13, 2021
Episode 3: Hubris Through the Lens of a Non-Standard English Speaker
While confidence is something that is found in successful people, being too confident is looked down upon in society. But if you're not confident, then you never take the opportunity to "show off" strategically to advance your career. Then what should you do? Listen to this episode to learn how to advocate for yourself despite those who may want to dim your light because they don't have confidence in themselves. 
24:46
April 12, 2021
Episode 2: Community Let's Talk about it!
In this episode, we discuss how community creates a culture, and how culture is inseparable from language. 
29:42
March 07, 2021
Episode 1: What am I doing here?
In this episode we discuss how being a marginalized English speaker in the workplace can lead to feelings of frustration. 
24:17
February 28, 2021