Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste

This was my Facebook post that I decided to share here. I can’t stand ignorance, especially from elected officials who decide on our children’s futures. 



Senator John Eichelberger, I wonder if you consider pushing the rural kids from your district a waste as well. This is one of the most ignorant things that I’ve heard this year, and that is saying a lot. As the chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee, I see that you need some quick lessons for success. First, don’t equate inner city with minority. That’s an illogical fallacy. If you are too lazy to look up the term, it’s similar to an alternative fact. Please note I said similar…not the same. I don’t know if my the majority of my neighbors would like to be called minorities. Second, what gives you the right to assume that only minorities would succeed in vocational programs instead of collegial curricula? A race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality, etc. does not determine academic and vocational success. The success is based more upon the ability to use multiple learning styles, a culturally responsive curriculum, and school districts willing to teach for success. It is time to remove your rose-colored glasses. It is just as easy to use your reports to disparage rural school districts and push students to become farmers and mechanics. Instead of doing that, why don’t you visit each school district to discover and then implement the factors for success?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Top-lawmaker-Push-to-send-inner-city-minorities-to-college-is-a-waste.html?mobi=true

Lift Off

Education is no equalizer —

Rather, it is the sleep that precedes the American Dream.

So wake up — wake up! Lift your voices

Until you’ve patched every hole in a child’s broken sky.

Wake up every child so they know of their celestial potential.

I’ve been a Black hole in the classroom for far too long;

Absorbing everything, without allowing my light escape.

But those days are done. I belong among the stars.

And so do you. And so do they.

Together, we can inspire galaxies of greatness

For generations to come.

No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning.

Lift off.

—Donovan Livingston

I had the opportunity to watch Donovan Livingston perform while I was at the 2016 Alumni of Color Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I was amazed by his talent then, but now I’m left almost speechless. There’s not too much that I need to preface this video.  

#BookNerds Unite

Kids can earn free books this summer. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon  gives children a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. Opening ceremonies begins on Saturday, June 4 at your local store. Learn more here.

5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa

From the One.org Blog:

5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa

We’ve chosen five thought-provoking TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa in just one hour.

From the dangers of stereotyped perceptions of the continent, to entrepreneurship and business, to health and education, these five inspiring speakers have got you covered. Check them out:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The danger of a single story

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanise. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.

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Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna Accepted At All 8 Ivy League Schools

I had to share this incredible story before I went to bed. It’s always great to end the night on a good note. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, who is the class valedictorian, has until May 1 to decide whether she’ll attend one of the Ivy League Schools. She has a 101.6 GPA and was also a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science competition. She credits her success to her parents and teachers.