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 college and to get through it in four years. I want him to have the kind of education that will allow him to achieve whatever he has his mind set on.

Where do you send your child to school and how did you make that choice?

My son goes to Ravenswood Elementary school. I chose Ravenswood because it’s our neighborhood school. It’s close to us, and it’s a great school – I went there too.

How does your education experience and background impact the decision you make for your children?

My education experience wasn’t great. I wasn’t determined to get through it. I didn’t have great attendance. I know this has impacted me and my life. I don’t want my son to suffer the same consequences.

What is the name of your favorite teacher and why are was s/he your favorite?

Dr. West was my favorite teacher because he always pushed me to follow through even though I wasn’t always doing what I needed to do. He was my high school physics teacher, and he always took time after school to help me.

What is one thing you wish decision makers understood about educating your child and other Black children?

It takes patience to reach children. Children learn differently. Some learn by seeing, others learn by hearing.  They all have different learning styles, and you have to reach them where they are.

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