When I met with my daughter’s teacher and her principal, I came with the historical facts and information from the teachers’ site to educate students on Indigenous Peoples Day. My daughter’s teacher just hadn’t taken the time to read the material.
Books and Blooms toward a diverse library at Montessori School of Englewood
The Montessori School of Englewood—a charter school that offers free education to children from some of Chicago’s most at-risk communities—is working to raise $10,000 through an initiative called Books and Blooms.
NYC May Make Dramatic Changes to Its Gifted Program—Should Chicago Do the Same?
New York City’s Bill de Blasio announced recently that the NYC Public School system will phase out the Gifted and Talented Program. Beginning next fall, no new kindergarteners will be enrolled into gifted elementary school classes, which accounts for about 16,000 students. Of those students, about 75 percent are white or Asian American (who make up about 25 percent of…
In CPS, Classrooms Are Cotton Fields And Students Are Exploited
As a student on the South Side, I can tell you that most of the schools that I have stepped in have metal detectors, including my own high school. Every single student that walks in the school has to walk through metal detectors, every single day. Every single day, I set my phone and watch on the table, and I…
Critical Race Theory Bans Are White Supremacy’s Trojan Horse
This post originally appeared on Hope and Outrage from Tanesha Peeples on July 15. Y’all, are they still teaching Greek mythology in schools? Interestingly, it used to be one of my favorite subjects in grammar school. Now, in retrospect—and with an abolitionist mind—I realize it was just another subject taking up space that could’ve been used to teach real history.…
Equity Demands More Than This CPS Reopening Plan
The mayor has proclaimed that this plan is about equity and continuously talks about Black and Brown children struggling. We should provide in-person learning or a safe place to be if children are struggling, but is *this* plan the way to do it?
CPS Black Student Achievement Task Force Now in Development
Thanks to the advocacy of Natasha Dunn, Tanesha Peeples and other Black parents and community advocates, the Chicago Public Schools has agreed to launch a Black Student Achievement Task Force.
Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.
On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968 he had become increasingly focused on the least of these, the poor, people suffering in the margins, families left behind as the country’s economic prosperity boomed and the U.S. found it easy to fund its war machine. Today we will once again honor Dr.…