Month: February 2017

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Chicago is Making it Hard to Stay with Public School”

For many Black families, navigating the public education system can be overwhelming; often the little information that is available is either out of date or irrelevant. However, this doesn’t stop parents like the mom we will meet today. In spite of these challenges, she has a clear perspective on what it takes to educate Black children.  Meet Shawna Paterson: What…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Want My Children to Receive Training Based on Their Life Purpose”

For many Black families, school isn’t just about reading, writing, and arithmetic.  School is about purpose, potential, and passion.  That is what drives the mother we focus on in today’s “Black Voices, Black Choices”…a desire to see her children do what they were put on this earth to do and have a school environment designed to help them do it.…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I wish they knew that Black children love to learn.”

It’s Black History Month.  For the next 28 days (yes, Black History Month just happens to be the shortest month of the year), we will introduce our readers to 28 Black families from around Chicago and the school choices that they are making.  Black families are making all kinds of interesting school choices, not because they are ideologues or education…