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Lessons This Mom Has Learned About Education: Rhetoric And Ideology Wars Hurts Children And Quality Universal Choice Meets Children Where They Are! ?>

Lessons This Mom Has Learned About Education: Rhetoric And Ideology Wars Hurts Children And Quality Universal Choice Meets Children Where They Are!

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela As a parent, by law, I am forced to send my children to public schools. As a result, it should go without saying in the world of compulsory public education that schools must foster learning in a safe, culturally responsive, and healthy environment for all our children, educators, and support staff. But the sad reality is we do not…

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We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children! Diverse Choices in Education are a Must. ?>

We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children! Diverse Choices in Education are a Must.

“As parents, taking responsibility for our children’s academic and life success is something we must do, not something that is done for us-but with us.” Gwen Samuel, Founder Connecticut Parents Union  The Struggle is still so real – sigh… The stereotypes and prejudgments about Black, brown and poor parents have become so normalized in most decision making circles, that if we, as parents of color, do not vote as a collective and take back the narrative being perpetuated about us…

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For Parents of Color and the Poor-Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple-We Need A Plan Because Hope Is Not A Strategy ?>

For Parents of Color and the Poor-Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple-We Need A Plan Because Hope Is Not A Strategy

Our children pay a heavy price when we lack consciousness…we bequeath to them our own unresolved needs, unmet expectations, and frustrated dreams. Despite our best intentions, we enslave them to the emotional inheritance we received from our parents, binding them to the debilitating legacy of ancestors past. The nature of unconsciousness is such that, until it’s metabolized, it will seep through generation after generation. Only through awareness can the cycle of pain that swirls in families end. ” ― Shefali…

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Why Are Black Leaders Fighting Against Parent Choice? Parents Just Want To Keep Our Kids Safe and Justly Educated   ?>

Why Are Black Leaders Fighting Against Parent Choice? Parents Just Want To Keep Our Kids Safe and Justly Educated  

“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.” Paulo Freire As a Black mom with children in public schools, it troubles me to learn that you, Reverend Al Sharpton, have just declared war against Black, brown and poor parents who choose to put the safety, education and overall wellbeing of their children and all children…

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If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor! The Hypocrisy of the Status Quo! ?>

If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor! The Hypocrisy of the Status Quo!

While many were celebrating the 4th of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July 5, 1852, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and applying it to the state of education for Black, brown and poor children in America. You might ask why wasn’t I out celebrating the 4th today. And all I can say is it’s because the status quo protectors and oppressors #StayWoke too. They don’t…

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Being Unapologetic Unbought and Unbossed is the Only Way to Save Our Babies from Failing Public Schools ?>

Being Unapologetic Unbought and Unbossed is the Only Way to Save Our Babies from Failing Public Schools

  Shirley Chisholm said  “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.” Since losing my son in a fatal car accident last year, every day, my emotional capacity is tested; and every day, I make a vow to give up fighting this overwhelming battle for education justice. That’s because too many people, even people who look like me, are too quick to…

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Article 8 with Gwen Samuel Special Guest Education Writer/Blogger Megan DeSombre ?>

Article 8 with Gwen Samuel Special Guest Education Writer/Blogger Megan DeSombre

Episode 2 Article 8 with Gwen Samuel   “If we look throughout American History, advocacy journalists have held an important place in pushing for social change, highlighting stories that the traditional press has either refused to cover or are ignorant of.  That’s why the world needs more young journalists, more women journalists, more journalists of color — because perspective matters. Your story matters.”  Megan DeSombre    

It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools ?>

It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a black child. We worry about our black babies’ safety every day when they leave the house, whether they are walking or driving. In addition, we worry about their safety; physically, mentally and emotionally, when they attend school, regardless of school model. So it should go without saying that many black parents do not have time for this distracting “divide and conquer” strategy with this whole business about…

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