America is Not a Melting Pot

by Punita Rice Culture

America is NOT a melting pot. This art is based on "Crowded" by Mari Orr (@meandering_mari), available on Society6.

When I was growing up, the term “melting pot” was used a lot to describe America. As I’ve been wrapping up my book on South Asian American experiences in schools in America, I’ve been thinking more and more about that larger context — America — and whether or not it’s still fair to think of it as a melting pot … Read More

Travel Ban

by Punita Rice Culture

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I got an opportunity to share my thoughts on the travel ban in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. It was published over the weekend in their online edition, and went out this morning in the print edition. I wrote about my toddler’s love of firetrucks, what it means to be a good neighbor, and what I see as fading … Read More

Thoughts on Education Policy

by Punita Rice Teaching

Thoughts on Education Policy

I wrote a brief rant/essay over at medium in which I ask: is education policy broken? Here’s an excerpt from the post: …We implement new concepts [in school systems] without even waiting to see the results of the initial intervention of the first one[s]. We ignore what the research tells us and continue doing more of the same. The trend is … Read More

A Sikh Tragedy, an American Tragedy

by Punita Rice Culture

A Sikh Tragedy, an American Tragedy

Before reading this post, please make sure you are familiar with the Shooting at the Gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Wisconson. “For me, the mass shooting is not just about how to keep guns out of the hands of a murderous few. It’s also about my community’s sacrifice in the struggle to live as free and proud Americans …this is not … Read More