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Student: My school district hires too many white teachers
This is what the teaching corps should look like, too. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)
Students are better off when they can see themselves in their instructors.

By Glenn Sullivan
June 26, 2014
Glenn Sullivan, 19, recently graduated from New Orleans' Lake Area New Tech Early College High School.
Glenn Sullivan
High school is full of, well, high schoolers. We are not naturally the most self-disciplined group. When the bell ending the lunch period rings, for example, students finish socializing and playing with their friends rather than rush to class.
At Lake Area New Tech High School in New Orleans, from which I just graduated, we often talked to girls or texted each other instead of studying in our spare time.
But one day I started noticing exceptions. My fifth period history and civics teacher, Mr. Allen, was one of them. When chaos erupted at the end of the lunch hour, he simply opened his door and let his students into his classroom.
They filed in respectfully, unlike in other classes. By the time the tardy bell rang, we'd all taken our seats and opened our history books, quietly awaiting further instructions.
Mr. Allen is one of too few black teachers in a school system where about 90 percent of students are black, and I think that shared background helped explain our behavior. Many other teachers cannot control their classes, let alone get their students interested in the work. Mr. Allen can do both.
In my school, as in many schools - especially in reform-oriented school districts - a lot of the good, black teachers have been replaced by younger white teachers.
When I talked to administrators about the departures of good black teachers, I was told that students need diversity in order to receive a high quality education.
Students do need diverse educational experiences, but that diversity doesn't need to be about a teacher's race. Hiring more white teachers is not the best way to improve education for students, particularly students of color.
The fact that the city's public schools now accept students from all over the city only makes this problem worse since it breaks the connection between schools and their neighborhoods.
I firmly believe that having more local teachers and more teachers who understand the city's social and political problems can provide students with the training they need to be successful as students and as adults.
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Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For
30 Years, Baltimore Study
Tracked Who Gets Ahead

By Juana Summers
August 7, 2014
Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.
"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.
But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference - between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death - are money and family.
Alexander is one of the authors of "The Long Shadow," which explored this scenario: Take two kids of the same age who grew up in the same city - maybe even the same neighborhood. What factors will make the difference for each?
To find the answer, the Hopkins researchers undertook a massive study. They followed nearly 800 kids in Baltimore - from first grade until their late-20s.
They found that a child's fate is in many ways fixed at birth - determined by family strength and the parents' financial status.
The kids who got a better start - because their parents were married and working - ended up better off. Most of the poor kids from single-parent families stayed poor.
Just 33 children - out of nearly 800 - moved from the low-income to high-income bracket. And a similarly small number born into low-income families had college degrees by the time they turned 28.

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UDÉ YAH 2nd Annual Tribute
to Chicagoland Elders
featuring the daughters
of the Legendary Oscar Brown, Jr.,
Maggie and Africa Brown

Saturday, August 16, 2014
7:00 pm
Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.888.1208 to reserve your seats.
Chris Curry's 5 "Stop The Violence" Songs And Videos

PLEASE ..Take just a few minutes to click on the 5 youtube links below to view these thought provoking "Stop The Violence" videos. It's also important that you share these links with others so that we may perhaps save some lives. Collectively WE CAN DO THIS! Thank you.
Chris Curry, (212) 502-1122 or Click Here for FACEBOOK Page
Video #1 "The Shoe's On The Other Foot"
A young man's joy and passion for violence impacts his entire family.
click this link to view
Video #2 "Stop the Violence"
Individually and collectively a community can make a difference by saying something.
click this link to view
Video #3 "Who Will Be Next?"
Portrays the daily concern of a 10 year old trying to cope with the possibility of being shot or killed.
Click this link to view
Video #4 "You Know Who You Are"
Hiding from yourself after committing a crime or an act
of violence isn't always easy.
click this link to view
Video #5 "Because of You"
A litany of grievous messages to the perpetrators of violent acts in our communities from various
victims families, friends and outraged citizens.
Click this link to view
Honor Papa Dallas Stewart,
Who Was Beaten and Blinded
for Wanting to Read, by
Sending Your Children to the WCDC Saturday University to Improve Their Reading

Dr. Tonea Stewart
"When I was a little girl about five or six years old, I used to sit on the garret, the front porch. In the Mississippi Delta the front porch is called the garret. I listened to my Papa Dallas. He was blind and had these ugly scars around h
is eyes. One day, I asked Papa Dallas what happened to his eyes.

'Well Daughter, he answered, when I was mighty young, just about your age. I used to steal away under a big oak tree and I tried to learn my alphabets so that I could learn to read my Bible. But one day the overseer caught me and he drug me out on the plantation and he called out for all the field hands. And he turned to em and said, Let this be a lesson to all of you darkies. You ain't got no right to learn to read! And then daughter, he whooped me, and he whooped me, and he whooped me. And daughter, as if that wasn't enough, he turned around and he burned my eyes out!

At that instant, I began to cry. The tears were streaming down my cheeks, meeting under my chin. But he cautioned, Don't you cry for me now, daughter. Now you listen to me. I want you to promise me one thing. Promise me that you gonna pick up every book you can and you gonna read it from cover to cover. You see, today daughter, ain't nobody gonna whip you or burn your eyes out because you want to learn to read. Promise me that you gonna go all the way through school, as far as you can. And one more thing, I want you to promise me that you gonna tell all the children my story."

---Papa Dallas Stewart, telling the story of how he was blinded to his granddaughter Dr. Tonea Stewart.

Call 773.285.9600 to register your kindergarten through 9th-grade students for the WCDC Saturday University, every Saturday, through September 6, 2014. Classes are free and no one will blind our children for their wanting to read.
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Jackie Robinson West
going east to Williamsport
August 9, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The chants of "Let's go, West" followed soon after Cameron Bufford's grand slam danced gently over the right-field fence Saturday.
Now Jackie Robinson West is headed east to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., after a 12-7 victory over New Albany (Ind.) in the Great Lakes Region final at Stokely Field.
"I was trying to get a base hit," said Bufford, West's No. 9 hitter. "But it went over the fence."
The home run came on the first pitch he saw from New Albany reliever Cody Medley in the fifth inning and gave West its first lead, 10-7. Bufford trailed Darion Radcliff, Josh Houston and Ed Howard around the bases before ducking and weaving his way toward home, where his teammates were waiting eagerly.
"When he hit the ball over the fence I said, 'Ballgame,'" West manager Darold Butler said. "We had the best pitcher (Marquis Jackson) in the Great Lakes Region on the mound.

"Games like that are character-builders. It was bound to happen. The good thing about it is (the contributions) came from everywhere." West outscored opponents 61-19 in six region games.
The celebration spread to the stands behind the first-base dugout, where parents, fans and supporters, suddenly came alive.
"I was just praying it went over," Bufford's father, Robert Bufford, said. "I'm not just happy for him, but for the city of Chicago. ... You couldn't write it any better than that."

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The 2014 Million Father March
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