these narratives

all lives matter

black on black shootings

he shouldn’t have resisted arrest

he had a criminal record

the police just doing their job

best that you do not speak to me today

about any one of them

tomorrow is not good either

because these narratives

are all irrelevant

This entry was posted in Teaching and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.


  1. Michael Paul Goldenb
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink


  2. K. E. Jones
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. I am hurting and I needed these words.

  3. Posted July 8, 2016 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    I completely adore math teachers who can write like this. This is painful and beautiful. As my friend, Glennon Doyle Melton would say, it’s brutiful (brutal and beautiful). Thank you so much for sharing it.

  4. Peg
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I was having trouble expressing myself today. Thanks for just the right words.

  5. Liz Madisetti
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Very powerful! Thank you.

  6. Nansi Harris
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Hey there Fawn,
    Discovered your blog this year and am so grateful that you are out there doing what you do. Especially because what you write inspires and resonates whether it is about Math or about the messiness and injustice of the world we live in. It’s not always easy to be the educator who cares deeply about the world beyond the classroom but I know not how to teach any other way. It can be lonely though-your words make it less so.

  7. Mark Grimm
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Hey Fawn, you are still a badass

    • Fawn
      Posted August 9, 2016 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Mark. I’ll take badass over “Fawn, you’re still an ass,” or “Fawn, you’re still bad.” Thank you for dropping in.

  8. Nicole
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I love the written word and appreciate you using it to unravel the messiness of our responses to recent events. I suspect if we spent more time writing rather than ranting, our words might offer more of a balm rather than an explosive bomb.

  9. Larry
    Posted September 16, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Irrelevant is a comparative statement. These phrases are irrelevant compared to what?
    Clearly there are situations where a person’s criminal record is important. Running for public office comes to mind. Trying to understand the narrative being espoused by seemingly making all these ‘narratives’ always and everywhere irrelevant.

2 Trackbacks

  • By Back-to-School Blogs – Study Score Calc on January 11, 2017 at 1:21 am

    […] Finding Ways It’s hard to describe Fawn Ngyuen’s blog. She posts about her life story, teaching math, and social justice, but it’s all mixed up together. If you don’t read anything else I link to in this post, read her poem irrelevant. […]

  • By The Holiday Homestretch / Global Math Department on April 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

    […] that she is writing a book!  While you are on Fawn’s blog, make sure you read her post Irrelevant from earlier this month as […]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>