June 14, 2012 Leave a comment
By NICK CHILES
A widely reported study out of the University of Houston, claiming that there is no added academic benefit for black students when they have black teachers, severely misses the point. As any black parent who has had a few years of experience in American schools can tell you, it’s the quality of the teacher, not the teacher’s skin color, that is the critical issue affecting student achievement. We all want GOOD teachers for our kids, not necessarily black teachers.
But there is a further point to be made here. I believe that when a black teacher is really good, which means she has the ability to get your child to see herself differently, to believe in herself, to start looking at the world in a different way, it can have an even deeper impact on a black child than with a white teacher who is equally good. It’s sort of like finding a love partner of a different race—of course a white woman can be just as good a partner to me as a black woman, but all things being equal, I don’t think a white woman will ever be able to understand me and all the cultural, historical, psychological and emotional issues that are lodged deep in my psyche, carried in my blood, the way a black woman would. I think the same is true of good teachers. Read more of this post
For the perfect musical cocktail mix together 1 part soul, 2 parts funk, 3 shots of high power energy, shake it all up with some classic hip hop and you have the recipe for Sweet Diezel Jenkins. As the brain child of Greg Fulton, Sweet Diezel Jenkins is the future of live music. Greg explains how he came up with the idea “as an homage to some of my favorite hip hop. I always wanted to do the R&B, soul music thing but I wanted to do it in my own way.” Thus the creation of his latest project, the self- titled EP that showcases his expertise as a musician, taking familiar tracks and giving them a little twist. Read more of this post