SO!

SO what you are legislated maltreatment

SO what you are legislated malpractice

SO what you are legislated incompetent White educators

SO what you are legislated laws, rules, codes, mandates that absolve us of ANY wrong doing

SO what you are bullied

SO what you are neglected

SO what you are unsafe

SO what you are not educated

SO what you give us 12 years of your life that WE MANDATE

SO what you are seen as and treated as criminal and we do it legislatively

SO what your parents went through failing schools where they believe, trust, have faith and hope that we will actually do right

SO WHAT!

This morning I am thinking about Shanquella Robinson and Orlando Harris.

These two young adults who were: BLACK, BRILLIANT, EDUCATED, DRIVIEN, GIFTED, BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED AND HIGHLY SKILLED are products of school systems that bred them and their outcome in life and living.

Black achievement

Black success

Black accomplishment

Black resilience

Black brilliance

Black magic

Black intellect

Black contribution

Black skills

Black gifts

Black talents

These things are all what BLACK women and men bring into the classroom with high expectations, standards and a no excuse policy from the future. They empower, infuse a desire, strong will, since of accountability and inspiration within the students we serve.

Black educators matter

Black journey’s matter.

Black stories matter.

Black representation matters

Black history matters.

Black brilliance matters.

Black children matters.

Black culture matters.

Black future matters.

We have to work along side white inferior, incompetent, ineffective, inable and in teachers who were handed access, opportuntities, titles, degrees, certifications, positions and wages without earning any of it.

You see the things they are “complaining” about as to why they are leaving the schools are nothing new. Our inner city schools have always had fewer resources to INVENT everything America enjoys and use today.

We are the same people that is legislated in life and our community the same things America legislate our schools. Talking about lack, low, and lone. What came automatic with whiteness, and education was always void us, denied us, rejected us, omitted to us and excluded for us.

Yet, our BLACK teachers made do, encouraged us to use our imagination, critical thinking skills, be creative and inventive and we did it and they demanded it from us all.

Today white affluent school districts still spend more on per student capita in our hood schools.

Marva Collins showed us all you have to have is well educated BLACK teachers teaching BLACK students who built their confidence, came early and stayed late not for a few but all who needed them, not put money above the intellectual stimulation of the future. We BLACK students had qualified, experienced, intentional, and willing BLACK teachers. Teaching for BLACK teachers understand it is revolutionary, a calling and ministry. It pulls you, you don’t choose it. Our white colleagues need amenities, perks, high salaries, and this is the new trend of BLACK educators and it is sad and sickening and also result proving of the erosion of the profession and our culture and future.

BLACK teachers bring with us experience unlike our White counterparts to the lives of our inner city future.

We are well prepared to execute our job of equipping the future for a future that can deny or reject their humanity, they must compete and who will willingly and knowingly discriminate because of their excellence, proficiency and mastery of said field or profession.

BLACK teachers are no strangers to the 8 Intelligences of learnings by Howard Gardner.

What are the 8 types of intelligence Howard Gardner I speak?

Spatial Intelligence.  Kinesthetic Intelligence.  Musical Intelligence.  Verbal Intelligence.

Intrapersonal Intelligence.  Social intelligence.  Mathematical Intelligence.  Naturalist Intelligence.

SO, there is no reason they should be dead early or have no reason to believe that they have absolutely nothing to live for or contribute to society.

Marva Collins is one who taught children how to THINK and now what to THINK.

“Readers are leaders. Thinkers succeed.” Marva Collins

“The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.” Marva Collins

“There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.” Marva Collins

“I’m a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. There is no magic here. I do not walk on water. I do not part the sea. I just love children.” Marva Collins

“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea to spark another.” Marva Collins

See also  RICHARD WILLIAMS, THE GOAT!

“Kids don’t fail. Teachers fail, school systems fail. The people who teach children that they are failures, they are the problem.” Marva Collins

“What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less.” Marva Collins

“Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor students good and the good students superior. When our students fail, we as teachers, too, have failed. Marva Collins

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.” Marva Collins

“When someone is taught the joy of learning, it becomes a life-long process that never stops, a process that creates a logical individual. That is the challenge and joy of teaching.” Marva Collins

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” Marva Collins

“You can pay people to teach, But you can’t pay them to care.” Marva Collins

“I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities.” Marva Collins

Our BLACK teachers were inspirational

Our BLACK teachers were poised

Our BLACK teachers came dressed to impress

Our BLACK teachers were dignified

Our BLACK teachers were proficient and fearless

Our BLACK teachers were heads of our school community

Our BLACK teachers were empowering

Our BLACK teachers ran it

Our BLACK teachers had an indisputable air of confidence and self awareness about them and us

Our BLACK teachers taught the curriculum and life, and living

Our BLACK teachers were professional

Our BLACK teachers had high demands

Our BLACK teachers were nurturing

Our BLACK teachers were compassionate

Our BLACK teachers understood

Our BLACK teachers were strict

Our BLACK teachers demanded that not ony we learned but taught our peers and demanded accountability and responsibility for their behavior, and contribution within the classroom, activities and building

Our BLACK teachers built solid relationships

Our BLACK teachers understood what high confidence would produce and they built it up too high and we overproduced

Our BLACK teachers were a no nonsense group as well

Our BLACK teachers made us independent as well as dependent because they were preparing us to go out into a diverse world but it was us, about us, for us, and with us first.

Because of the relationship BLACK teachers understood was essential because we know ALL are stake holders and have vital roles to play in the education journey of our students, we are not only educators but we sign up “invisibly” to wear a plethora of hats to support, encourage, motivate and isnpire alll stake holders especially the home in the lives of our students.

We have access to resources that will take care of the natural, spiritual and mental needs of our students and their families and we understand that WE is important.

If school is said to be one of the “safe places” for inner city students, why such high volume, crime, fear, anger, rage, and no expectation, standards where our BLACK children are concerned?

Malcolm X said it best, “ONLY A FOOL WOULD LET HIS ENEMY TEACH HIS CHILDREN.”

SO!

THESE SCHOOLS BREED THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN.

LOOK AT WORK ETHICS.

LOOK AT ACCOUNTABILITY.

LOOK AT THEM TAKING NO RESPONSIBILITY

LOOK AT FASTFOOD EATERIES

LOOK AT CUSTOMER SERVICE

LOOK AT INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

LOOK AT CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

LOOK AT THINKING SKILLS

LOOK AT THE LEVEL OF RAGE

LOOK AT THE LEVEL OF ANGER

LOOK AT CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS

LOOK AT LEADERSHIP

LOOK AT FORTITUDE

LOOK AT CREATIVITY

LOOK AT INGENUITY

THESE ARE THE THINGS OUR BLACK EDUCATORS OF OLD DEMANDED, REQUESTED AND PULLED FROM US.

TODAY, THESE WHITE TEACHERS HAVE CONVINCED OUR BLACK CHILDREN THAT THE WAY WE DID THINGS WERE: TOXIC, ABUSIVE, DISRESPECTFUL AND OTHER “kind sounding” WORDS TO GET OUR CHILDREN TO DETATCH, DENY, OBJECT, REJECT, EXCLUDE AND PUSH AWAY NOT REALIZING THAT IT WAS A TRICK BECAUSE WHITES KNOW WHO THEY ARE BETTER THAN THEY AND WHAT IS WITHIN THEM NATURALLY.

THE GOAL IS TO DETACH THEM FROM THEIR ROOT, FOUNDATION, BACKBONE, CORNERSTONE, ANCESTORS AND ELDERS AND IT HAS PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

BUT AS I SAID, “SO!”