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...]
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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...]
In examining our Black community’s expressions of pain and suffering, abuse, neglect and abandonment, we are finding that these expressions (which show up as impatience, intolerance, being short-fused, not being able to listen, slapping, name calling, hearing about and seeing murders or other killings) are affecting our children. We are unconscious that these behaviors and … [Read more...]
Managing your children’s expectations can be difficult during the holiday season, especially when many winter holidays involve giving gifts. As a parent, you may feel pressured to spend your last dollar to see a smile on your child’s face, but before you do, check out these Minneapolis and St. Paul opportunities to create wonderful holiday memories with your kids for no or very … [Read more...]