i remember right after my undergraduate graduation, i was walking to my car with cap, gown, heels, and everything on. and as i was walking on the sidewalk this older black man who was in his car with his family, sticks his head out the window and goes “congratulations! we’re so proud of you!” i didn’t know them at all. it was one of the best moments of my life.
"The dirty little secret is that there are large numbers of unqualified individuals teaching, and they are disproportionately assigned to teach children of color and children from impoverished backgrounds."
Arthur Wise, president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
This is so true. I worked at a school that was majority black. The students enter 6th grade and their math teacher is a woman who has just gotten off maternity leave and was regularly teaching social studies.
So many of the students failed math that year. They were made to feel like their failure was wholly their fault and their lack of caring about their education. Obviously they are individuals that could have made better decisions in class and with their homework, but the fact that the administration was so unorganized was never brought up.
Langston Hughes and other authors spoke about the ‘crying of their deep souls’, but soon positively paid off, through Lincoln’s determination to end slavery.