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Viewpoint: It’s Easier to Remove a Confederate Flag Than a Racist Teacher | emPower magazine

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After the massacre of 9 people in a South Carolina Black church, media outlets, politicians, and various leaders grasped at available narratives to regain control of a national devastated community. The one prevailing focus has been a piece of cloth designed to represent so much over the generations during and post United States Civil War. Yet behind this rambling distraction, the hashtag #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches, whispers, and noted silences signal that there is a lot to be done and highlights the confusion. Author Andre Perry draws upon this quagmire to note our malaise in allowing control of our education, health, and welfare to slip through our fingers. We leave our children naked and afraid with those who do not respect us and chastise these same youths for disrespecting their communities once they have survived captive racial attacks. But I digress… Perry says it best.

Andrew Perry:

Taking down the vestiges of a segregated past also means weeding out racist teachers from the profession and supplanting them with people who can produce more Bree Newsomes. Climbing the education flagpole also means that we must bring down curricula that ostensibly adjust students to injustice.

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In his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine church goers slain in the Charleston church shooting, President Barak Obama said, “Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions about how we can permit so many of our children to languish in poverty or attend dilapidated schools or grow up without prospects for a job or for a career. Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.”

via Viewpoint: It’s Easier to Remove a Confederate Flag Than a Racist Teacher – emPower magazine.

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Great Explorers – Harlem! | Indiegogo | #OYRchallenge

Middle Passage, New York is running a program, Great Explorers Cultural Arts and Literacy Program , engaging students to research their history in America. This research will be utilized by students to create scripts, dance, and other art & performance medium under the guidance of professional artist, writers, and choreographers.

How can you help? Simple donation in support of this program allows you to aid this progressive program, purchase materials, create strong minds, and attend performances and cast party. A win win! #OYRchallenge

The Great Explorers Cultural Arts and Literacy Program  is run by Middle Passage, Inc., a nonprofit organization working to educate children of color in New York City,  in particular, students who feel alienated in traditional schools with their emphasis on high-stakes testing, a foreign cultural environment and a curriculum that fails to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. 

In all our programs, we emphasize Project Based Learning so that families, teachers and community members can work together to help children develop both critical thinking and problem-solving skills — skills that set them up for a lifetime of success and achievement!

via Great Explorers – Harlem! | Indiegogo.

Race Matters – Amefika Geuka

Amefika Geuka

Students at Nguzo Saba are gearing up to tell the story of the school using a $125,000 federal grant designed to allow charter schools to share the their highlights with the public and other educators.Charter schools often use the money to publish a book or pay for workshops. But Geuka said he wants his students to tell the story in their own ways — through song, rap, dance, plays and stepping.”Children of African descent often learn affectively,” Geuka said. “You go to a black church, and they’re not just sitting there. They’re tapping their feet, talking back to the preacher.”

via Race Matters – Amefika Geuka.

This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students’ Help. Guess What? It’s Working.

Are teachers in your city using police to monitor classroom behavior? Here is an alternative already in practice in many school systems.

What if there were a simple and cheap way to keep kids out of detention and from eventually heading down the wrong path? This school seems to have figured it out, and it’s kinda genius.

via This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students’ Help. Guess What? It’s Working..

Adam Lanza’s Possible Motive: Mother Cared More About Sandy Hook Students Than Him | Breaking News for Black America

Adam Lanza’s Possible Motive: Mother Cared More About Sandy Hook Students Than Him | Breaking News for Black America.

 

Pro and Con Gun Enthusiast: This article may veer the political arguments surrounding the Sandy Elementary School shooting in the right direction.

As more details have emerged, though, we are getting a clearer picture of Nancy Lanza. Adam’s barber said that not only was she not negligent, she shadowed him and barely let him speak.  His former babysitter, Ryan Kraft, claims that she warned him to never turn his back on her son, not even to go to the bathroom. And, according to a Newtown resident, Nancy Lanza was taking her son to a psychiatrist and attempting to get him involuntarily committed — and that made him angry.