Author: Chicago Unheard

Racial Equity in School Curriculum Takes Work Beyond February

This piece was originally published on Education Post as “It’s Going to Take More Than a Black History Month Report to See Racial Equity in Our Schools.” Co-author Kathleen Hayes has been around the k-12 education block, first as a Chicago high school English teacher and later in Chicago Public Schools central office and several education nonprofits and research organizations,…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Do not lose faith in parents and communities.”

For many Black families, choosing a school means ensuring that the culture and climate of the school will support and validate their children. Too often school systems label, diagnosis, and penalize Black children for displaying everyday child behaviors.  Meet Robert Eschmann: What is your dream for your children’s education? I want them to have the tools to pursue their interest, wherever…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Everyone deserves a fair education”

For many Black families, education is about beginning anew. It’s about taking the opportunity to help the next generation avoid mistakes the previous generation has made while preparing them for the future. Today’s parent is working tirelessly to nurture her kids so that they develop a love of learning she never possessed.  Meet Tina Ward: What is your dream for your…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Value the Moral Development of a School’s Curriculum as Much as the Academics.”

For many Black families,  education is more than content knowledge. Education is the vehicle through which children develop the core characteristics of who they will become.  This is important because Black parents are in a constant fight with society about who their child is, and who they will become.  Meet Jelani McEwen: What is your dream for your children’s education?…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Want My Son to Be a Determined Student”

For many Black families, we are trying to help our children achieve a level of educational excellence that we didn’t achieve. Today’s mom is wrestling with this tension as she works to help her child become a determined and dedicated student.  Meet Cassandra Maceyras: What is your dream for your children’s education? My dream for my son is to finish…

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.…