(This is a story told to me by a devastated friend, struggling to make sense of this new America. He wishes to remain anonymous.) “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This is far from the truth: I did not know racism until I came to this great country.… Continue reading How Do I Help My Children Feel Pride in their Heritage in the Face of Ignorance?
A mother asks me, a New York City public school administrator, “Is Mr. Trump really racist, or just racist against Hispanics? ″ This NYC mom, who prefers to stay anonymous, is worried about her status in this country. Her story started a long time ago when she was only 6 years old. She was born… Continue reading Undocumented NYC Mother: “When Mr. Trump Won I Started to Cry”
Much is written about access, equity, and excellence. But very little is written about dedication, perseverance, and the willingness to succeed, as well as how parental encouragement helps students achieve academic success. Are we creating a weak society where everything gets blamed on the powers that be? Are we creating a society where very little… Continue reading “Don’t give up. It will get better. Just keep trying”: A Twelve-Year-Old’s Latina’s Support System Is Her Parents