Category: Educators

How Am I Making History? I’m Teaching the Students Who Will Be Written About in History Books

By Carrie Mattern Last August at a cookout, my dad pulled me aside and said, “Sis, will you just teach English this year? Can you commit to that?” I chuckled, gave him a sly grin, and said, “Sure, Dad. I’ll try.” I was heading into my fifteenth year as a high school English teacher, but my dad knew ‘the job’…

Parents As Partners

By Monica Lewis, Parent A parent is a child’s first teacher.  It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.”  It is through a parent’s teaching that children learn that the word “Stop” means a sudden halt in their tracks because they are doing something displeasing.  Eventually children move beyond infancy and…

A 17 Minute Walkout To Raise Awareness!

This Wednesday, March 14, marks one month since the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students throughout the nation have worked together to plan a nationwide school walkout to voice their concerns about the conditions that allowed this tragedy to happen and as an opportunity to memorialize those who were killed or injured. I’ve been…

What’s more important, the lives of our youth or the right to carry guns?

In a Twitter conversation recently, I whole-heartedly stated, “If it meant that children’s lives were saved, I would gladly give up my Concealed Pistol License, or CPL. I would at the drop of a hat turn in my guns and ammunition, and never carry another firearm if I knew it would save lives of children who are being targeted by…

Wake Up!!

By Crystal Humphries, Dynamic Mother, Teacher and Organizer, Brilliant Detroit Crystal gives a unique perspective on K-12 education and the problems we face today. She speaks thru two different lenses. The lens of a teacher. And the lens of a mother who wants the best for their child. Although, the last day to celebrate Black History was yesterday. It doesn’t…

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