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Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

Some kids are uncomfortable with reading To Kill a Mockingbird down in Biloxi, Mississippi. That’s a good thing. And an important part of the learning process, especially when it comes to understanding the uncomfortable truths around racial injustice in both the past and the present.  Just this week, the Lieutenant Governor —and candidate for Governor—Ralph… Continue reading Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

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Having a Black Male Teacher is Everything to These Kids and One Group is Working to Make it Happen

We already know that students of color do better even if they have just one black teacher. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins confirms it. 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… Continue reading Having a Black Male Teacher is Everything to These Kids and One Group is Working to Make it Happen

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Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

By Jason Allen Don’t get me wrong, as a member of the NAACP, former youth & college division leader, founder of the my college chapter and liaison between local schools to the ACTSO competition, I believe in the local, regional and national work of NAACP leaders. However, this time, I believe that the NAACP as… Continue reading Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!