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