Why Education is Sorely Needed in the Schools [Resist Racism]
Exhibit A: Three high school students who wore “Straight Pride” t-shirts with this Bible verse on the back: “If a man lay with a male as those who lay with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and shall surely be put to death.” They wore the shirts on the first day of Ally Week, which is part of an anti-bullying program.
50 years later, I’m still trying to integrate my school [Washington Post]
On the morning of my first day of first grade at a new school, 50 years ago Sunday, U.S. marshals knocked on my family’s door. They had been sent by the president of the United States, they said, to take me to school. I was 6 years old, and I had no idea who these men in uniform were. Nor did I know what would happen that day as I became the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans – and one of the first to integrate an elementary school in the South.
We Know How to Teach Black Kids [theroot.com]
So why do we keep reading stories about black boys falling further behind in school? It’s time to stop talking and just teach.
A half-day preschool program in Illinois that Engelmann and his associates founded showed that DI can teach even 4-year-olds to understand sounds, syllables and rhyming. The students entered kindergarten reading at a second-grade level, with their mean IQ jumping 25 points. No fewer than nine other sites nationwide yielded results of that caliber. In other words, Project Follow Through nailed it — period. And yet most of us are more likely to know the name of Sammy Davis Jr.’s second wife than to have heard of this miraculous instantiation of sheer common sense.
Lawsuit Changes New Orleans Schools Security Policies [Southern Poverty Law Center]
Earlier this year, the SPLC and JJPL filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a first-grade student who was handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security officer after he argued with another youth over a seat in the lunchroom at New Orleans’ Sarah T. Reed Elementary School. The school is part of the Louisiana Recovery School District. The boy, known as J.W. in the court filing, was just 6 years old when the incident occurred on May 6. School officials told the boy’s father that the handcuffing and seizure was required under school rules.
Breakthrough is thrilled to announce the launch of the I AM THIS LAND video contest, a campaign that aims to start conversations about diversity, acceptance and the future of this country. I AM THIS LAND is a response to a year of divisive rhetoric. We’re saying, enough is enough: the new year provides the opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity and recommit to a country where we value difference and one another.