by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action
It was recently announced that Harvard University has admitted a record number of African American students this year. The UK Guardian has revealed that 11.8% of Harvard’s incoming freshmen are African American. This is quite an achievement for nearly any university, especially one that exists among the elite. Harvard’s latest president, Drew Gilpin Faust, should be congratulated on her accomplishment.
While we are tempted to jump up and down in excitement over the school’s decision to accept the fact that blacks are just as bright as whites, we might need to take a moment of pause. Even though the presence of black students is very important to a campus, the reality is that admitting students of color neither requires significant courage nor shows any real sign of meaningful progress when it comes to truly shaping the direction of a university. The holy grail of power in any academic environment is the number of tenured faculty positions, which Harvard continues to keep African Americans from obtaining.
The Conference on Research Directions is a biannual event that will be held at the beautiful Hilton Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head, South Carolina, from May 3-6, 2009. Hilton Head is also the home of the Gullah people. These are African people who created a self-sustaining community after slavery with retention of the African heritage. Conferees will have the opportunity to take the Gullah Heritage Tour in addition to experiencing a Gullah heritage celebration, distinctive Gullah food delicacies, folk art, artifacts and landmarks. The conferees will be able to experience a beautiful oceanfront resort and also explore the West African heritage and seminal events in American history.
This conference is designed to bridge the gap between research and practice in education. All researchers and practitioners who are interested in the latest strategies for closing the academic achievement gap that affects African American children should attend. [...]
It is rare for an educator to reach great heights of popularity and acclaim, but Dr. Janice Hale has earned every stripe of fame. As an internationally-renowned scholar, Dr. Hale is no stranger to controversies surrounding her work and theories. No other than Rev. Dr. Jeremiah E. Wright Jr. acknowledged her in his, much-talked about, speech in Detroit earlier this year. Wright celebrated Dr. Hale as someone we owe “a debt of gratitude.” [...]
YourBlackWorld.com recently had the esteemed opportunity to engage Dr. Janice Hale in dialogue on a wide array of topics. Included in the conversation were issues surrounding the recent selection of Arne Duncan as Sec. of Education, problems confronting Black students, the ISAAC program, Early Childhood education and more. As one never known for mincing words, Dr. Hale took no prisoners as she expressed her feelings about Bill Cosby… Excuse me, Dr. Bill Cosby, modern-day Civil Rights Organizations, Oprah Winfrey, and the public/private school system. Get your pens and pads ready. Class is in session:
Thanks for being with us, Dr. Hale. To kick things off, how did it feel being snubbed for the Sec. of Education position, which you lobbied so tenaciously for?
*Laughs* That’s so funny. I don’t feel snubbed about that. What I feel snubbed about is that, I feel in my book “Learning While Black,” I really provide solutions for what is wrong with education and how to fix African-American education, and I don’t feel my solutions have gotten any attention. [...]
Based on the selection of Arne Duncan – who holds a bachelor’s in Sociology – as Sec. of Education, what is incumbent upon Black folks in pushing an agenda that would improve learning conditions of Black students?
Full Interview At Your Black Education
Caitlin’s Corner is the top African American youth motivational show in America. Hosted by 10 year old Caitlin Powell, a young student who provides insights and motivation for children across America. Caitlin is a youth motivational speaker and a member of the YourBlackWorld.com family:
HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) ― A white teacher attempted to enliven a seventh grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting a complaint from one girl’s mother and the local chapter of the NAACP.
After the mother complained to the school, the superintendent said he was having “conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons.”
“If a student was upset, then it was a bad idea,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan of the North Rockland School District in New York City’s northern suburbs.
The teacher apologized to the 13-year-old student and her mother during a meeting Thursday that also included a representative of the local NAACP. But the mother, Christine Shand of Haverstraw, said Friday she thinks the teacher should be removed from the class [...]
Schools, out-of-school programs, tutors, mentors and juvenile detention educators are discovering a “sound” approach to reading instruction. H.E.L.P. (Hip-Hop Educational Literacy Program) is a line of supplemental instructional materials for language arts intervention and enrichment.
Co-founded by Hip-Hop artist, professional educator, and arts advocate Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, this innovative approach allows teachers, educators, mentors and caregivers to tune in the pervasive popularity of the Hip-Hop genre. H.E.L.P. uses high-interest reading and real-world relevance to improve literacy while bridging demographic, cultural, language, and achievement gaps:
[Princeton Professor Dr. Cornel West Endorses The Program]:
Teacher-created, student-tested and standard-correlated workbooks integrate the five essential components of effective reading instruction as identified by the National Reading Panel. Resource guides and professional development training facilitate effective use of the materials to engage reluctant readers, promote cultural responsive topics, address multiple learning styles and accommodate differentiated instruction.
Carefully-selected, clean song lyrics from well-known Hip-Hop recording artists are the sound foundation for H.E.L.P.’s creative reading and writing activities. Positive character-building messages, poignant social issues, literary devices, historical references, metaphors, rhymes, and broad vocabulary within the songs all provide cross-curricular opportunities during powerful language arts instruction in one-on-one, small group and classroom environments [...]
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Stupid American Videos or “Is Our Children Learning?”
By: Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, PhD
Reprinted From Black Commentator
But we are unbelievably ignorant concerning what goes on in our country – to say nothing of what does on in the rest of the world – and appear to have become too timid to question what we are told.
Viewing these videos gave me an excuse for spending time on You Tube. It’s about culture, I said to myself. In fact, it is about the American culture. Since so many Americans have never read Whitman or Hemingway or Morrison. Many have limited knowledge of Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, or Sitting Bull. Since most don’t read and have never read a novel and others can’t tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Of the 158 countries in the United Nations, writers Morris Berman, the U.S. ranks “forty-ninth in literacy.” 60 percent of the American adult population “has never read a book of any kind, and only 6 percent reads as much as one book a year, where a book is defined to include Harlequin romances and self-help manuals.” Berman’s research also discovered that 120 Americans are illiterate or “read at no better than a fifth-grade level.” It’s no wonder that most American citizens can’t tell the difference between thinking and non-thinking.
For most Americans, American culture is McDonald or Nike [...]
Full Article At Your Black Education
Final debate: Did McCain miss mark on education?
By: Rochelle Riley
The moment came near the end of the debate. It was a small gaffe, something celebrity pundits didn’t bother with in the flurry of analysis afterward.
But it was just as telling about how out-of-touch Sen. John McCain is when it comes to American schools.
Despite calling education “the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” McCain said, “There’s no doubt that we have achieved equal access to schools in America after a long and difficult and terrible struggle.”
In what America does John McCain live?
He must have missed the 2002 study done by the Civil Rights Project showing a trend toward resegregation that is pushing schools toward levels of disparity that rival those of 25 years ago — and that poor children still learn in schools that are grossly inferior to schools in wealthier neighborhoods.
He can’t possibly know about the lack of books and equipment in urban schools that are staples in wealthier suburban districts.
And I bet he isn’t aware that many urban districts across America graduate fewer than half of the students who enter as freshmen.
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Philadelphia, PA – Longer School Days. Teacher salaries. These are some of the issues being contested by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the School District of Philadelphia. Where are the students in this equation?
This is what the Philadelphia Student Union asked today as dozens of student organizers, teachers and allies gathered in front of J.R. Masterman High School. Prepared with binoculars, bold signs and mics in hand, PSU members asked where their needs are being taken into consideration during these heated teacher negotiations.
Top high school, Masterman H.S., was the backdrop for students from both “hard-to-staff” neighborhood and magnet schools, who made a statement about the unequal distribution of teachers across the city.
Under “No Child Left Behind”, 70 of 265 Philadelphia public schools received Corrective Action II (CA II) status. Kimora Lamotte, a CAPA student, shared her experiences of having qualified teachers at her school while shining light on the rest of the city’s reality. She stated the fact that only 57% of Philadelphia’s CA II high school teachers are highly qualified…
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