All children should be considered innocent. And, studies have shown that up until a certain age, most children are, in fact, considered innocent. The problem arises, however, when certain children, children of a specific race, are thought of as less innocent than their age-mates of different races. This situation is seen most profoundly in the difference in perceptions of White and Black children. Unfortunately, this idea that Black children are less innocent than White children continues to plague African Americans [Read more…] about Dehumanizing Black Children and Innocence
With the steady rise of racial tensions throughout the country, it’s becoming increasingly important for African-Americans to educate themselves on the issues surrounding these tensions. One of the most overlooked and pivotal issue that African-Americans need to be aware of is the discrepancies in the treatment and thoroughness of the educational experience
As the beginning of the school year is upon us, all across our country K-12 students will be assessed on a myriad of materials both academically and socially. It is common place for teachers to want to know what their students do and don’t know in order to determine what information will need to be brought forward in the school year. Dr. Yvette Johnson has spent her life’s work is on encouraging educators to start teaching from a place of assets and to first “fall in love with their students”.
So, what is the pedagogy of confidence? In this video Dr. Johnson reveals that her secret to helping young scholars reach their academic potential has to do with starting the year with getting to know the strengths and loves of students first. Once this is done, the process of getting to know the scholar’s underdeveloped areas can be addressed.
Check out Dr. Johnson describe “How to develop a Pedagogy of Confidence“
If you’re reading this blog and have children, perhaps you’ve had this epiphany… “My child is brilliant, but not perfect”. If you haven’t had this revelation, then keep on living.
Here is an article titled “African Parenting: A Sane Way to Raise Children” of a mother who recognizes that it takes a village to raise a child… and a community to keep the parents sane. I appreciate the response given with how her childcare provider approaches discipline of children.
She states that if discipline became an issue she “would reason and work things out with [the child] because children do not respond to anger.”
When using a village method of raising a child, one has the ability to ask and receive help from others. Sometimes it is this help that can keep us in good mental health and help using anger as a last resort to discipline when we realize our brilliant children are a little less than “saint status”. I appreciate this Kenyan’s mom viewpoint on “The Village Method”… I hope you do to. Remember: Sharing is caring… please share this and follow me on Google +1.
– The Village Method
As we continue to work with our son on showing “respect” to his teacher, I realize just how challenging this is. Here is a link for a video that gives a great “recipe for teaching respect”. I love how immediate the suggestions can be implemented in our home and hopefully yours too. It does require some humility on our part as parents to put these suggestions into place. I agree with the teacher’s recipe in the video: In order to get respect from the youth of our villages, we must first teach it. I believe they will learn what respect looks like when we show them through our actions.
Please feel free to share any strategies that you have found helpful to grow respectful children and youth. Elder voices especially welcomed!
– The Village Method
Today was the first step to moving this organization forward. This is the realization of a dream that has been decades in the making. Today is a call to step out and take hold of the future. To not fear the unknown and to meet people where they are. We are here to provide people with opportunities, resources, and restore hope to our communities, families, and children. It takes a Village and we are here….