Jaclyn Youhana Garver

I really like the idea of using it as a teaching moment.

I despise the fact that Huck Finn is constantly proposed to be (and is, in some dark places) banned because it depicts racism. The fact is, though, that the book actually points out the absurdity of racism. Just like in song and film, the use of the N-word is Read more

At a previous position, I’ve literally been required by senior management to cherry pick data to prove his stance. Technically, the analysis was “Fact”, as long as you read every single footnote and exception.

I even put a footnote stating that the author/analyst does not agree with this analysis. That probably killed Read more

I hope you enjoy it! It’s a good ride. 

Mine was Pet Semetary in 5th grade (because it was going to be a movie soon). Luckily I was already a huge fan of horror movies, so I was somewhat braced for the content. Still though... Read more

I found two things to be important with my nieces and nephews when it comes to having a good relationship - honesty and respect. I don’t talk down to them or order them around. I use manners and treat them like I want them to treat me, saying please and thank you. If I say I'm going to do something, I follow through. Read more

I don’t have kids of my own so I told my nieces and nephew I would take them each on a trip wherever they want (within reason) when they turned sixteen. Over the years we have had fun talking about where each of them want to go - from Disney World to London to Bali! The oldest turned sixteen a few years ago and we Read more

I understand that the idea is to do this for children, but I’m a grown-ass childless adult who enjoys advent calendars and struggles to decide which movie to watch, and this sounds fantastic.  I’m off to wrap up half my DVD collection.

Friendly reminder, make sure to caption your images and describe them for people who have vision issues. When designing websites, articles and videos to be ADA accessible to people with vision issues, just think about what it’s like browsing the website with a screen reader. Below is a video of what the most popular

If someone uses a wheelchair, avoid saying she is “wheelchair bound” or “confined to a wheelchair,” which “describe a person only in relationship to a piece of equipment.” Instead, use simply “someone who uses a wheelchair.” Read more

When in doubt, ask. And allow people to define themselves, if they choose. Obviously, that’s harder if you’re writing about a group instead of an individual person whom you could ask, but if someone chooses to describe themselves a certain way, then go with that. Read more

I read “Dibs: In Search of Self” as a Grade 7 student [12 year old boy]...holy crap...you want to talk about a book that will snap a kid out of self-centered mindset and inject a huge dose of empathy. First and one of the few books that actually made me cry.