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Writers Against Racism: Marc Aronson’s Post

I strongly encourage you to read fellow blogger, Marc’s post…

Two African-American Moms Address the Achievement Gap.

In it he discusses the goals of this new blog, Ground Control Parenting (Thanks for sharing this, Marc!) but he also sheds a spotlight on a topic that is near and dear to me, or at least that’s how I interpreted his post:  Challenges for Parents of Color AND Equity in Learning. Can there (will there) ever be equity in education?

This section stands out to me.  Marc writes,

“Here is one quote from Dr. Ferguson, who is discussing what families of color may need to do differently: “It is creating a rich intellectual lifestyle at home for your child from birth.  It includes reading to your child, talking about what you are reading, focusing on how much talking and interacting you are doing with your children.  It also includes paying attention to what you celebrate in terms of achievement, celebrating those ‘a-ha’ moments of intellectual discovery with your children.”

I wonder… if schools adopted the same approach by diversifying how they teach and what they teach, would that help to close the gap? Just imagine, you’re a child of color and you never read (past tense) a positive story about a character of color in a book!? Just imagine. What message does a young person take away from the book?

Have we done enough to teach our teachers that they, too, need to recommend new books, seek out librarians, and change the 20th century paradigm?

One of my students shared this video with my broadcast journalism students and it sends a strong message that we have a LOT of work to do.  BUT, before you view Ken Robinson’s Changing Education Paradigms, first read Marc’s post, then chime in on the conversation.

Comments

  1. B Herrera says:

    Teaching happens everywhere, or it is not successful. I’ve been getting into trouble for years for “teaching outside the box,” whatever that means, but I have ‘tolerated’ because I am successful with the most unsuccessful students. Shouldn’t my results tell administrators, fellow teachers, parents, and legislators that education is successful when students learn, not when teachers follow preset guidelines which keep them busy performing paper activities and not student activities? The students get the message and administrators always ask me to help their own children, but they still want everyone to fit neatly within that box called public education. It is public, but it is not education. My children, both half hispanic, have done well in school, but not because of the system. I shared my love of learning and they demanded an education from their teachers. They gravitated toward teachers who also loved learning. Some teachers taught them survival and patience; others taught them that there are no limits to learning. They were lucky. But they were lucky because we all took an interest in their success. My children did not receive an education; they received a lifelong love of learning. This is much more important than any standardized test or GPA.

  2. B Herrera says:

    Sorry, it should have said, “I have been ‘tolerated’ because I am successful”

    • Amy Bowllan says:

      B, I know what you mean when it comes to “teaching outside the box”. We’ve gotten into how the past was taught and can’t give that up. It’s still ‘assembly line’ in scope and sequence.

  3. B Herrera says:

    and assembly lines only work on inanimate objects.