Tag Archives: education

Not from nowhere

Aunt Tami, do you know where our family is, like, from? My 13-year-old nephew called me on the phone yesterday wondering about our family’s roots. I have written often about how my research into my family history and DNA testing … Continue reading

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“Our goal is to raise nerds”

written by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Deesha Philyaw So this morning, the mailman made my 5.5-year-old daughter Peyton’s day with the delivery of her U.S. state quarters collector’s folder.  Peyton joins her 10.5-year-old sister, Taylor, in this endeavor, and she hasn’t … Continue reading

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Color an Indian: The Struggles of an Anti-Racist Parent

crossposted from Womanist Musings [Editor’s note: In honor of her blog’s first birthday, Renee at Womanist Musings has been sharing favorite posts from the site’s history. I thought this one was a gem that illustrates the vigilance needed in anti-racist … Continue reading

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Ours is not a culture of failure

written by Anti-Racist Parent editor Tami Winfrey Harris In Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, columnist Clarence Page writes: In fact, the Urban League, like most of America’s old-guard black leadership, focuses on race while playing down how closely the fortunes of America’s … Continue reading

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What kids are hearing when no one is talking

written by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Paula, crossposted from Heart, Mind and Seoul During my first real job as an adult, I worked for a woman who had a theory about the people in our company who (for whatever reason) didn’t pull … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and the black family

Written by Tami Winfrey Harris, ARP editor When black families do what white families do instinctively and routinely—somehow, it pisses people right off. Taking advantage of the benefits that hard work, achievement, success or circumstance bring our way means selling … Continue reading

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Black History Month, Revisited

I wrote this piece a few years ago when I was a monthly columnist for a parenting-related site sponsored by a child advocacy organization. Disclaimer: I really enjoyed writing for that site, and my editor there was the best. However, … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: How to be a strong ally to kids and parents of color at school?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, My child just started kindergarten at a publicly funded, open enrollment, community operated charter school. We live in a very racially diverse city, and the school is located in a neighborhood that is historically African American, though … Continue reading

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Taking Control

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Margie Perscheid, originally published at Third Mom My oldest child went away to college in the fall. It’s a huge milestone, but he’s breezing through it with barely an emotional ripple. Not so his mom. I’m … Continue reading

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Helping teachers understand adoption

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Margie Perscheid, originally published at Third Mom My approach was to keep it simple – both because as a former teacher I knew that my children’s teachers would have limited time to spend reading the packet, … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Maegan

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz My parents, who came to New York City from Puerto Rico as teenagers, were not anti-racists. How else to explain how I, their first born, was named after the priest seducing white … Continue reading

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If I could go back to the classroom…(part 3/the conclusion)

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… Here’s the conclusion: Flash 1: Our date with destiny. I mean…the principal. Conclusion: Paper cutting, Cave paintings, Jackson Pollack splotches, and quizzes. Moral: Think creatively! I had … Continue reading

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If I could go back…to the classroom (part 2)

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… Not even the most well-designed and sparkly lunchbox could have emotionally prepared me for my first week of school. I guess what works as a kid doesn’t … Continue reading

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If I could go back…to the classroom

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… [dedicated to V and Crane] If I could go back in time to my days as a teacher, I would do things very differently. Isn’t it easy … Continue reading

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How do parents come together to talk about race and education?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Vera L During this past school year, the idea of beginning a group for parents of African American students at my sons’ elementary school positioned itself in the forefront of my mind. There is already a … Continue reading

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When intelligence is seen as “acting white”

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tiffany Pridgen I spend a lot of time being the only black person in a group. I’m used to it — that’s the way it’s always been and it’s rare that I ever feel uncomfortable about … Continue reading

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What can parents do about educational inequality?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove The book that completely transformed the way I thought about race and racism was Amazing Grace: Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol. Before I read that book, I had always … Continue reading

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Why I Do What I Do

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer, originally posted at Los Angelista’s Guide To The Pursuit Of Happiness I have worked with almost 100 schools across Los Angeles and Compton over the past 8 years and I definitely have seen that … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Tiffany

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tiffany Pridgen My name is Tiffany Pridgen and I’m pleased to be joining Anti-Racist Parent as a contributor. I’m a stay-at-home momma to a six-month-old little boy, affectionately nick-named “Rosco,” and a lapsed writer. I’m married … Continue reading

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The Racism Radar

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Vera L My older son got into trouble again at school the other day. I learned about it from his younger brother, who gleefully greeted me after school with the news. “Mommy, Oliver, got benched today.” … Continue reading

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