Category: Opinion

Black Educators Matter

Their history and greatness are conveyed to them in daily Black history facts, in African proverbs, poems, and stories. Examples of the ‘firsts’ of African-Americans in this country portrayed in each classroom. From George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama, Oprah, and many more, my students can see themselves in the reflection of greatness around them.

Dear Tulsa City Councilors | On Moratorium

Councilor Phil Lakin, Jr., when you say in a public city council meeting, that as an economist you simply cannot, will not, ever support a moratorium… I ask you, could you support one as a father? What about as a neighbor? A Christian? A human? Could you support one as a person who believes in equality, love, and empathy? You are in a position of power. You can affect change for the people in your community and district one IS your community.

Having a Black Male Teacher is Everything

Black students matched to black teachers have been shown to have higher test scores but we wanted to know if these student-teacher racial matches had longer-lasting benefits. We found the answer is a resounding yes,” said co-author Nicholas Papageorge of Johns Hopkins. “We’re seeing spending just one year with a teacher of the same race can move the dial on one of the most frustratingly persistent gaps in educational attainment — that of low-income black boys. It not only moves the dial, it moves the dial in a powerful way.