Tag: Parent Voice

Never Underestimate the Power of a Parent’s Voice

Never underestimate the power of a parent’s voice who fights for education. I believe that when we speak it first comes from a place of personal necessity, one that says my child is hurting, has been mistreated, or does not have what he or she needs. Once you know this, you can address the situation with the right people and…

Morning Pick-Me-Ups: Students Need Them Too

Let me start with a confession: 40 percent of the time I am fussing at my daughter on the way to school. It may not be all bad fussing! You know, things like, “Did you get your homework?” “Where’s your bow tie?” “Why did you wear that shirt?” “When you get home don’t forget to…” Blah, blah, blah! I really…

#MyBlackHistory: Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life

1965. It was a rough year for one young lady. Her mom had passed away two years before. She and her siblings were sent to different foster homes. She now lived with her second foster family. Every day she came to school in a little windbreaker no matter how cold it was. It was all she had. She washed her…

My Daughter Was Suspended For Wearing Boots. Principals Should Be Working to Keep Kids in School. Not Finding Arbitrary Reasons to Kick Them Out!

Suspended because she can’t wear her shoes! Yes, you read that correct. Three weeks ago my daughter was hospitalized due to numbness, swelling and pain in her legs. The side-effects had been there for months, but this time was different. Victoria was in pain and could not walk. The diagnosis, lymphedema of her lower extremities, is painful but manageable if…

Do Not Allow Denial to Deny Your Child of Love and Support

Crain Detroit’s Ron Fournier wrote a great interview with Michigan’s Lt. Governor Brian Calley. It tells of the Lt. Governor’s initial denial of his son’s health condition, Autism. I can relate to this issue. My son, Jamario was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 years old. I admit I was in denial. Initially, I was worried about how “I”…

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