Racism Pushing more African American Students into Homeschooling

This article originally found at Michigan Radio I can’t complain about homeschooling for any reason. I plan on homeschooling my son who is almost two right now. Once he is old enough, schooling will begin (although children are never too young to learn). My neighbor homeschools his son, and once his daughter is old enough,…

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Books to Inspire Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Boys

I cannot emphasize the value of reading. There is even a greater value and personal impact when we see reflections of ourselves in what we read. Just imagine how your son will feel when he reads the books below. One of these may become a favorite of yours or your child. Windflyers by Angela Johnson The…

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TED Talk: Chris Abani “Telling Stories from Africa”

In this talk, Nigerian novelist and poet Chris Abani explains that much of what we know about who we think we are comes from stories. “The question is, how do I balance narratives that are wonderful with narratives of wounds and self-loathing? And this is the difficulty that I face. I am trying to move beyond…

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TED-Ed: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, explains how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture. “Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be…

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Nationwide Shortage of School Bus Drivers Reaches Alarming Levels

By Victor Ochieng There is a shortage of bus drivers across the nation. Several driver contracting firms have revealed that they haven’t met their driver demands, with only 6% having obtained the number of school bus drivers they need. Last year, an alarming 85% of districts reported experiencing bus driver shortages, but that percentage has since…

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Camara Jones: Allegories on Race and Racism (Video)

Dr. Camara Jones discusses how situations she has experienced throughout her life have served as allegories that help to explain the mechanisms behind race and types of racism. Watch and listen as she tells four stories entitled, “Japanese Lanterns,” “Dual Reality: A Restaurant Saga,” “Levels of Racism: A Gardener’s Tale,” and “Life on a Conveyor Belt: Moving to Action.”…

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Mama Knows Best: How to Work Collaboratively With Parents (Video)

By: Sameerah El-Siraaj and Corliss Alexander My Mama rule is that if another student hits you, go tell the teacher and let him/her handle it. If the teacher does nothing, and the student hits you again, hit him/her back. If you get into trouble for hitting the student back, don’t worry about it; Daddy and…

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Encourage Your Child to Read: 10 Tips for Middle-Schoolers

Originally part of the Encouraging Reading and Writing series at Understood Reading can become a challenge for middle-schoolers. As classwork increases and academic rigor intensifies, the enjoyment they found in reading may decrease. Use these tips to help your children find and maintain their joy for reading. Respect their choice in literature. Your children may…

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Meet Ronald McCullough, 19-year-old College Graduate and Future Astronaut

Whoever said dreams don’t come true has never met Ronald McCullough. 19-year-old Ronald McCullough crossed the stage of Clark Atlanta University as a college graduate. Yes you read that right. At an age when most students are entering college, McCullough will be finishing. It is obvious that his propensity to excel academically started early in…

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