He didn’t want to participate in the spelling bee to begin with. The shock everyone blatantly displayed about the fact that he was a runner-up in his class spelling bee had rubbed him the wrong way and added to an already unfortunate situation. He wasn’t accustomed to the academic spotlight. He’d never been acknowledged for… Continue reading Black Boys and Academic Excellence: An Unlikely Match In The Minds of Too Many Teachers
Most of my blogs focus on the experiences of Black students and teachers. I’m a Black woman. I️ write about what I️ know. Recently I️ wrote about the differences in expectations that White and Black teachers tend to have for their students. Almost immediately after posting that particular blog, the “What about White Teachers?” and… Continue reading Black Teachers Are A Must In The Classroom – Especially Those Classrooms Filled With Black Students.
Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble and kind: Beware the day They change their mind! “Warning” by Langston Hughes I’ve been getting some pushback since my last blog post about teachers of color (TOCs) and for focusing almost solely on “Black and Brown” issues within education. It is perceived by some as “separatist” and “divisive”.… Continue reading Teachers of Color are “Great” — As Long As Their Voices Are Not Too Black or Too Strong
Here I am again in the corner of a hallway at KIPP Infinity Charter School in Harlem, tip-tapping away. As I look into the eyes of the children passing by, throwing up the peace sign to me and each other, I get flushed because their innocence is being passed over by forces that threaten us.… Continue reading I Just Saw “Birth of a Nation” and Realized We Are Still Fighting to Be Free
As a teacher I’m so humbled and thankful to be able to shape the formation of young, viable minds for a living. The student-teacher relationship that I’m sharing with you in this week’s blog post is particularly special to me because it has forever informed my pedagogical views on the profound impact of not only… Continue reading “I Was Becoming One of Those People I Despise”: A NYC Teacher Reflects on Her Own Racial Biases
As I sit in the corner of a corridor in KIPP Infinity Elementary School, a heaviness consumes me. A KIPP parent’s life has been taken senselessly because he was described as a “bad dude.” Can anyone tell me what a “bad dude” looks like? Terence Crutcher was a black man, a father of four, one… Continue reading “At Ten Years Old,” Said My Son, “I Know that Our Justice System is Not Just”