The world is one giant playground for toddlers, but it is also one enormous classroom! Toddlers love to learn new things and master new concepts, making it the perfect time for creating a solid foundation for future skills like reading and counting. One of the best things you as a parent can do is to continue to build upon your child’s interest in learning by engaging in lots … [Read more...]
A space for local and national stories about issues surrounding education, especially as they relate to African Americans.
I can vividly recall my sophomore year of high school. I took an advanced biology course that I felt I was sure to ace. I began having issues with my vision and I had no idea that I was copying problems from the blackboard and putting decimals where there were none. My teacher suggested that I have my eyes examined. Sure enough, I was slightly near-sighted and seeing double. … [Read more...]
My first encounter with standardized tests was as a third-grader in the 1970s. I can still remember the anxiety I felt as my teacher announced that we had to take these tests, and that our test scores would be compared to other children’s. She did not reveal the full scope of why we were being tested. I didn’t realize the impact of our test scores on school budgets and my … [Read more...]
Hotep. During this season of reflection, please remember that contrary to what you may believe or have been taught, the history of the Africans in America does not begin with slavery. In addition, the continent of Africa is not the “dark continent” and Africans are not pagans or heathens. Africans are not a people without a god, a culture, knowledge, intelligence or an … [Read more...]
As I work and come in contact with African American families, I am mindful of the nutritional, housing, mental and emergency support needs of parents and families in our community. Below is a compilation of organizations that are local or in the immediate suburbs, are responsive, and have a culturally sensitive approach to meeting community needs. Sabathani Community … [Read more...]