Category Archive for: Parent to Parent

October 1: Start Date for FAFSA Filing for 2017-2018

While I know the 2016-2017 school year just got started, there is no such thing as starting to plan too early for the 2017-2018 school year. October 1, 2016: mark it on your calendar now. Why? Because it is the official launch date for students to start filing their FAFSA forms for the 2017-2018 school…

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Jahvaris Fulton: Using Tragedy as a Catalyst for Change

There are those who crumble under the hurt and pain of life and then there are those who use it as a form of motivation. Jahvaris Fulton uses his life experiences to motivate. While you may not know the name Jahvaris Fulton, you do know his younger brother Trayvon Martin. Ever since the death of…

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Let’s Read More to Our Black Boys

This article originally found at The Ed Advocate I love reading with my son. However, he seems much more content with just turning the pages, closing the book, or trying to eat it. In that same sense, we have a tablet for him that helps with everything from Tangrams (puzzles with basic shapes) and math,…

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The Murder of Richard Collins III and its Impact on a Black Mother

As a child who grew up in poverty, I saw education as the key to my future. I knew that if I wanted more out of life that I would need to obtain a college degree in order to have more than the life I had growing up. As an educator, I often told my…

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Reality Check: When $650 is Spent on Sneakers Instead of an Education

This story originally found at CBS Chicago Getting dressed for school can be a chore. It’s something that I know when I was younger, and on the heavier side, I despised. I didn’t fit into the “cool” clothes, or have the right look. Furthermore, being of mixed race with black hair and a white grandmother…

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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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Let’s Stop Forcing Our Children to Find a Passion

This article originally found at Passion. According to a definition, it means “a strong and barely controllable emotion; an intense desire or enthusiasm for something; and/or a thing arousing enthusiasm.” Apparently, this is the magic word with parents and schools. It’s not enough that a child just likes to do something, but they must have…

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The Importance of Learning How to Create a Student Budget

Although debt has become the norm for many people, especially college students, it is important to know that it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Budget. This is a word that many do not want to hear, but the reality is the younger you are when you learn how to not only budget but live…

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New Children’s Book Tackles Intraracial Prejudice

The issue of intraracial prejudice is real in the Black community. What is intraracial prejudice? It is the prejudice that exists within the Black community. In other words, it is when Black people are prejudice against other Black people due, for the most part, to the color of their skin. This prejudice is often seen…

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