Tag: Black students

American Promise: Race and Education

American Promise , the documentary/film which focuses in on the journey of two Black males from middle class families attending private schools, was released in 2014. It highlights their struggles and successes. I feel that the film is informative yet challenging. It challenges us to see the importance of removing the stereotypes of Black males.  The young boys portrayed in a stereotypical…

Raising 3 Kings! A Success Story from a Single Mother

“The greatest achievement I’ve experienced in life is raising my sons and seeing their successes!” Tonya Winters Buford      This post features Atlanta Educator and super mom, Tonya Winter’s Buford, who shares some of the successes and struggles of raising Black sons as a single mother. It’s not easy raising boys to be men as a single mother, but at…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…

Will Proposed Atlanta School Closures Open the Door for Further Gentrification?

There’s a lot of questions and conversations about school closures in Atlanta. In order for us to address the growing concern, we must look at what we know about the correlation and connection of school closures to gentrification. I’ve talked with educators, students, parents, community residents and business owners who are concerned about how gentrification is impacting the education of black, brown and mixed…

From Playgrounds to Jail Cells: How Reading Can Help Flip the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Children need space to learn, grow and play. Our communities and schools work together to provide safe places for this to happen. Recreational activities, socialization and cultural differences all work together to build the character and personality of our children. So where do we go wrong when children’s playgrounds turn into jail cells? It begins as early as third grade…

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Are Essential to #MyBlackHistory

To commemorate Black History Month, Education Post is featuring stories from parents, students and educators that connect past to present in the continued fight for better schools for Black communities using #MyBlackHistory.   People have different reasons for why they choose to attend a historically Black college. For some, it’s about legacy—a grandparent, auntie, sister or father attended an HBCU…

Nashville Has Been Losing Blacks to Atlanta for Decades and It Must Stop

Maybe it’s because of cheering the tragic Falcons in Super Bowl 51. Maybe it’s because I just discovered EdLANTA—my new favorite education blog. Whatever it is, this lifelong Nashvillian has been forced to unpack my connection to and numerous networks within the city of Atlanta and think about the mass exodus to Atlanta from Nashville. That’s right, every day hundreds…