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From The Grio
Steve McQueen’s acclaimed drama 12 Years a Slave has been hailed as the definitive portrayal of American slavery — a position that at least the National School Boards Association has embraced.
According to TIME, the organization is recommending that the Oscar-nominated film be added to the curriculum of U.S. schools.
The distribution of the movie to schools has been funded by talk show host Montel Williams (who played an instrumental role in the Civil War film Glory being shown in schools) in partnership with New Regency, Penguin Books and Fox Searchlight Pictures.
“This gives high school teachers a lot of options, so they can decide how they can fit it in with the curricula they’re teaching,” said NSBA executive director, Tom Gentzel. “[Slavery] is an important topic, and it’s an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Read more about ’12 Year A Slave’ at TheGrio.com
I’m totally confused about what to do in my relationship. “Alex” and I dated once before a few years ago and it didn’t work out. I wasn’t where I wanted to be professionally and neither was he, so we broke up. He has three children (all from his ex) and I have a son. My son doesn’t care for him, but I’ve fallen in love and I can’t figure out why. He never finished college and I have two degrees. He makes a good living but it’s manual labor and it’s taking a toll on his health. I love that he accepted me at my worst and still loves me when I’m thriving and succeeding. The thing is, I feel like I’m settling. His manners are subpar, he dresses like a 9-year-old boy, and he never helps in the house when he’s over, unless I nag him. I don’t know if I want to raise three more children, and again, my son can’t stand him. I don’t know if I’m with him because the sex is amazing and because he loves me or if I just don’t want to be alone. I do love him; I’m just not sure if it’s enough to overlook his flaws. Help.
Confused in California
Read more Dr. Sherry’s response at Essence.com
Omarosa has become the embodiment of reality show evil … but in a radical turn, we’ve learned she’s running for the L.A. Unified School District to better the lives of children.
The ruthless “Apprentice” star tells TMZ she’s passionate about helping kids out of poverty and making them safe.
Here’s the thing. Omarosa doesn’t have kids … so what, you might ask, makes her qualified? She tells us she’s the Educational Director for the L.A. Clippers Youth Camp, she’s helped women and children at an L.A. mission and she just got her certification as an LAUSD teacher.
Read more about Omarosa’s new career venture at TMZ.com
According to an L.A. Times article that references results from a Pew Research Center study, a record number of American women are “marrying down.”
Yes, apparently women in America are hooking up with and saying “I Do” to men who are less educated than they are.
Read more about marriage at EurWeb.com
Let’s just get right into it: A Memphis, Tennessee, teacher has been suspended for locking a five-year-old student in a closet.
On Tuesday, the teacher, Kristin Ohfeldt, locked Akeelah Joseph in a classroom closet and then went home, claiming she was sick. Ohfeldt didn’t notify school faculty or staff the child was in the closet when she left the premises and a substitute teacher who took over Ohfeldt’s class when she left found the kindergarten student an hour later.
Fortunately, the child was not harmed, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t humiliated. WREG spoke to Akeelah about the event and she told them she was locked in the closet because:
“I was playing too much; I almost peed on myself if I didn’t make it to the bathroom.”
Akeelah’s mother, Wanda Joseph,, stated this was the first time her child has received disciplinary action like this from her school:
“I am hearing that the teacher locked my child in a closet, because she was supposedly bad. You don’t do that. I hurried up to the school and started yelling, ‘Where my daughter at? Where my daughter at? She was cold. She came out cold and shaking. Plus she has asthma. She could have had an asthma attack in that closet!”
This may be Akeelah’s first time getting in trouble, but this is not the first time Kristin Ohfeldt has locked a student in the closet. After this incident, other children came forward to say Ohfeldt has dealt them the same punishment. Now Akeelah is afraid to return to school. Her mother said:
“She really liked her teacher, but I didn’t know she would do her like that, do a child like that, put someone in a closet.”
Joseph says she thinks Ohfeldt should be fired from the school, and as of now the Department Of Child Services have been notified and police and school official are continuing to investigate this case. So far no charges have been filed against the teacher.
You’d think schools would be protected by government cuts, but thousands of black and Latinos lost their schools in 2013. And this happened all over the country.
In Philadelphia, a slew of school closures over the summer meant a longer, and often less safe, journey to other elementary and middle schools further away.
According to city officials the closed schools had been underutilized or were underperforming, and their closure, students have an opportunity to attend better-equipped schools.
Chicago closed about 150 schools over the past 10 years and in the city, 88 percent of the students affected by the school closures are African American. Philadelphia is just as bad–81 percent are black. In the city’s more than 93 percent of the affected students are from poor families. “The numbers have played out much the same way in Detroit, New York, Newark, NJ, Oakland and Washington, D.C. Parents of school children in each of these cities have filed federal complaints under the 1964 Civil Rights Act to fight school closings,” reports MSNBC.
The closures have forced students to have to travel longer to schools, often through unwelcoming neighborhoods. Plus, classroom sizes have gotten so large that students don’t have desks to sit in.
Despite this, officials have portrayed school closures has something that would improve education. Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter said in June that the school board “made tough choices, but they made the right choice. We need to downsize the system.”
Some other school building now house charter schools.
This has opened up the debate on charter schools, which are basically publicly funded schools with private management that operate. In many of the cities with mass school closings, officials have invested in the expansion of charter schools. And supporters of charter schools say the schools offer parents a quality option instead of failing neighborhood schools.
School officials in Newark recently caused an uproar when they announced massive school restructuring that included closing some schools and placing a number of charter schools in current district-owned buildings.
Over in Chicago, the Public Schools proposed the addition of 21 new privately run charter schools. This after closing nearly 50 schools over the summer. The district is facing a $1 billion deficit, yet a recent analysis showed that 21 new charter schools could cost taxpayers as much as $225 million over the next decade.
Race has played a major part in the closing.
With echoes of busing from the 1960s, the Missouri Supreme Court earlier this year upheld a ruling that allowed thousands of mostly poor black students to leave their failing school districts and attend better schools in far-off, affluent communities. White parents were angry about the decision, saying they feared that black students from poor communities would bring with them drugs and violence. Those fears never materialized.
“We get calls from black kids in jail every day, saying, we need some help. They all have three things in common that are consistently true: they are black, they come from a poor socioeconomic strata and they’ve had a poor damn education,” said Adolphus Pruitt, head of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP.
Nationwide, 1,929 schools were closed during the 2010-2011 school year alone, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
When I was a little girl I wanted to be everything from an astronaut to an archaeologist and my parents told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. My dad bought me a telescope and books about the solar system when I expressed an urge to explore the universe. When they figured out I liked writing, I was given marble notebooks and colored pencils. I guess as parents they figured that you have to allow your children to explore their interests and consider it a win if your children are even considering their careers for the future. But when you grow up you realize you can’t be whatever you want to be without a lot of hard work. You consider the cost of education and the job market where you live and life gets real. Instead of coasting the Milky Way, I ended up cruising the Philadelphia public school system as a program associate pedaling parent education and sexual health. I may not have ended up with a NASA paycheck, but I am lucky to have a career I’m passionate about that allows me to pay the bills and then some. But the bitter truth is that more and more, young women are settling for jobs that lack passion and barely pay the bills.
When did little girls stop believing they could be anything they wanted to be? I’m noticing a disturbing trend with many of the young women I teach in my classes and even some of my peers. Whenever we discuss goal setting or careers, all I hear about are the same three choices: nurse, medical assistant or medical billing and coding. I don’t know whether this is a result of the increase in advertisements for for-profit schools, the high cost of colleges and universities or the fact that many people no longer want to spend four years in school only to come out and still be unemployed. The truth is, we all can’t be nurses and medical assistants. Even in a city like Philly that’s home to some of the best hospitals in the country, the healthcare sector is becoming quickly overpopulated. Not that nursing isn’t a respectable worthwhile career, but where are all of our aspiring veterinarians, business owners and tax attorneys? I sometimes feel like our young people aren’t exposed to a wide variety of careers, so they choose to do what everyone else around them is, what seems to bring in the biggest check, or what the for-profit school commercial rotating every hour during daytime TV tells them they should.
I get it. If the unstable economy has made anything clear, it’s that a college degree doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be financially stable, or employed for that matter. But I hate to hear young people say college is a waste of time because it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a job. What about being educated for education’s sake, to learn about different ways of thinking and meeting different people? I’ll be the first one to admit that college isn’t for everyone, but more and more I see our youth trying to take shortcuts through life. Instead of investing into a career, they are entering these programs for 3-6 months at a time and graduating with certifications that don’t have them making much more than if they worked their way up the management ladder in retail.
Whether you’re attending a for-profit college or a four-year university, the reality is that college is hard work. If you’re not dedicated and organized, it doesn’t matter whose classroom you’re sitting in, that degree will be more difficult to come by. And in the meantime, many students are building up debt and wasting time in professions that are “trendy.” In fact, it’s almost as if education in some ways has become more “trendy” than practical. More and more students are enrolling in any John Jacob University to just be able to say they’re in school and doing something with their lives without really valuing their education. Others are hiding in years and years of graduate school. I sincerely believe we need to encourage our young people to focus on their talents and take time to explore diverse career fields; the emphasis needs to be on passion and not on a quick, easy paycheck. I’m living proof of the saying “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and that doesn’t just go for writing, but my day job as well. I’ve witnessed too many of my peers working the 9-5 grind, complaining about rude co-workers and incompetent supervisors and in general not enjoying the positions they spent months in school excited about. For most people, this is an unavoidable part of any career climb, but it doesn’t have to be the entirety of anyone’s career.
Not everyone is going to be a rapper or an actress, but not everyone has to settle for a generic career they have zero interest in because some commercial told them “being a medical assistant is a growing career with great pay.” I get frustrated because so many of my students have no idea what a physical therapist does or why anesthesiologists are important. If you truly have a love for helping people, caring for the sick and have excellent bedside manner, by all means, be the best nurse/medical assistant you can be. But don’t think because that’s all you see, that’s all you can be.
Have you noticed certain careers becoming “trendy” in your area?
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
The First Lady has just joined President Barack Obama‘s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.
Recently, Michelle Obama spoke to students at Bell Multicultural High School not far from the White House. The event is part of what will be a broader focus for the First Lady on getting students — particularly those in underserved communities — to attend college.
“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” FLOTUS said.
Mrs. Obama, who went to one of the best high schools in Chicago, told the story of how she had to wake up at 6 a.m. and travel at least an hour on the bus. The First Lady grew up in a working class family and went on to Princeton University and Harvard Law School, reports The Grio.
“Some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton,” Obama said to the 10th graders. “It was clear to me that nobody was going to take my hand and lead me to where I needed to go; instead it was going to be up to me to reach my goals.”
She is working with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is overseeing the effort. Right now the U.S. ranks 12th globally in the proportion of people who hold college degrees.
Mrs. Obama encouraged the students to be inspired by Menbere Assefa, 22-year-old Bell Multicultural alumna who graduated on scholarship from James Madison University in May. Her family, who emigrated from Ethiopia when she was eight years old, stressed the importance of education.
“There’s scholarships out there, there are funds out there for people to get and make sure that they attend higher education,” said Assefa, who works as a management assistant in policy and compliance administration for the District of Columbia government.
Are you a proud former Howard University Bison, NC A&T Aggie, Temple Owl or UCLA Bruin? Do you bleed that blue and white, red and black or blue and orange for life? Joining your college or university’s alumni association is one of the best ways to show your pride after matriculating. Those four years of hard work, hard partying and great memories were worth it. Now that you’ve gotten the diploma, give back to your university by being active in your alumni association. Here are some benefits to becoming a member.
According to a policy report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation your income could affect your child’s learning ability, with only 19 percent of low-income third graders found to have “age-appropriate cognitive skills.” This is a drastic drop from children in higher-income families, with 50 percent of those third graders hitting the appropriate age milestones.
“Seventeen million children under age 9 are considered low-income; a population the report says is at strongest risk for long-term developmental setbacks,” reports CNBC.
The stats are even worse for children of color. The study found that only 14 percent of black and 19 percent of Hispanic children have age-appropriate cognitive skills. In addition to tracking school assessments, the study also revealed that many children are also facing developmental issues in areas of social and emotional growth along with physical health and well-being.
The report, titled “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” illustrates that early development and investing in children starting from birth through age eight is critical for success. Not addressing these issues at an early age could diminish their successes in school and in life.
“All children need nurturing and plentiful opportunities to develop during their crucial first eight years,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Foundation, in a press release. “Today’s complicated world can strain families’ ability to ensure their children are receiving all the stimulation and care they need to develop to their full potential.”
According to the report, lower-income families often have a variety of stressors and financial burdens that can directly affect adequate care for children.
The report examines a number of policy recommendations as well as suggestions focusing on parents. Among the recommendations for parents is increased home-visiting and parental training programs for children at risk, health services for parents, as well as income support programs such as tax credits, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reports CNBC.
The report also suggested that states adopt Early Learning and Development Standards, do regular developmental screenings for children, have more experienced teachers and state-provided voluntary, provide full-day quality pre-kindergarten programs for all children, especially for low-income toddlers and children.
The study uses an analysis of data from children who were in kindergarten in 1998-99 by the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, which is a government program that tracks children over a period of time.