Writing

Across the Lines: Abolishing Racism with Education

[postmeta author=”Alexander Khost” photo=”/img/tp/alexander-khost.jpg” date=”2018-06-03″]Alexander Khost (he/him) is a father and youth rights advocate. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points and founder of Voice of the Children. Read more[/postmeta]

I grew up about twenty miles outside of New York City in a middle-class town that is reported as having a school district that is 92.66% white. And so, it will probably not be all that surprising to hear that I did not have any friends of color until my freshman year of college. I met two of my best college friends Vincent, who is a white Latinx, and Lewis, who is a Black Latinx, in a Short Fiction class in my first semester.

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Sexuality, Gender, and Childhood, Part II

[postmeta author=”Alexander Khost” photo=”/img/tp/alexander-khost.jpg” date=”2018-03-29″]Alexander Khost (he/him) is a father and youth rights advocate. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points and founder of Voice of the Children. Read more[/postmeta]

Part 1 was published in Tipping Points on March 1st, 2018.

I rounded the corner in the hallway past the trophy display case in the main entrance of my American suburban public high school. As I neared my locker I saw something posted on it. My heart began to race and my palms started to sweat. Taped to my locker door was a copy of the article I had just published in our newspaper about inequality in our school, about how the football players were treated better than the rest of us, even by the administration. The entire football team had signed the article with their jersey numbers and had written “FAGGOT” across the middle. I scanned the numbers and there it was, even my best friend, who was also on the football team, had signed his number.

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An Incomplete and Personal History of the Modern Schools

Three photos of the Stelton Modern School classes and school grounds, photos by Oscar Stechbardt,
courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

After my son Oliver (8) reported to me that he and his brother had found a rusty axe in the yard, I peered out to see my oldest child, James (10), happily commanding an old push lawn mower across the overgrown grass. The wooden handle of the mower was rotten, leaving little left for pushing with. The blades were so dull and rusty that his efforts only resulted in the grass being flattened, not cut. As I stood on the porch of the historic landmarked Goldman House peering out at the situation, the grandson of Sam Goldman, the homeowner, pointed out a path into the woods. He told me there is a forest of bamboo past there that his grandfather had planted, indicating that my children could play there as well, if they’d like. Seeing James grinning broadly at me, I went back inside to continue meeting with the Trustees of Friends of the Modern School.

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Sexuality, Gender, and Childhood, Part I

[postmeta author=”Alexander Khost” photo=”/img/tp/alexander-khost.jpg” date=”2018-03-01″]Alexander Khost (he/him) is a father and youth rights advocate. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points and founder of Voice of the Children. Read more[/postmeta]

It was springtime at the end of fourth grade, and a group of us eagerly gathered around the dictionary. The boy that had brought us there flipped through the pages to settle something once and for all. Finding it, he proudly pointed and declared, “There! Dildo: a fake penis.” And sure enough, he was right. Before us written in black and white in the giant Webster’s Dictionary in the elementary school library for us all to see — at nine years old — we had our first brave encounter with “dildo.”

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The Children’s Civil Rights Movement

[postmeta author=”Alexander Khost” photo=”/img/tp/alexander-khost.jpg” date=”2018-03-01″]Alexander Khost (he/him) is a father and youth rights advocate. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points and founder of Voice of the Children. Read more[/postmeta]

“Why are those teachers screaming at those kids?” my son James asked me, with a look of true shock and concern on his face. He was observing some teachers across the cafeteria as they were berating a group of students sitting at lunchroom tables. It was James’ first time attending a public school class. The Agile Learning Center he attends was still closed for the holiday break, and he had decided to tag along for an after school class I teach in a public middle school in Brooklyn, New York. I faltered and replied something along the lines of, “Well, they’re trying to get those kids under control, I guess.”

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