When you teach in a predominantly White community, conversations about race can be uncomfortable, even in professional settings. While we may feel we are being polite or even respectful, the truth is that we White teachers often lack the courage to include race in critical conversations about student performance.
February 2018 Archives
I had to situate this seemingly small act of bias in a larger socio-political context. It was my responsibility to acknowledge the impact of my action and make intentional efforts to provide a counter narrative not only for Mohamed, but to every child in my classroom.
That is why I am in love with teaching. Working with young people means that I get to witness these small acts of brilliant humanity all the time. I get to continually be inspired and challenged and amazed. I get to watch as students transform themselves into people who will change the world.
Every teacher gets a moment when they face one kid or a hundred kids just like Damion. It's in these moments your core beliefs are challenged and revealed.
Carissa told me that she had not been completely honest about why she was calling me. She did not have a paper to write and did not need to ask me any questions. Instead, she wanted to see my honest reaction as she read a letter aloud that she had written to me.
Equity in education today is more than just the availability of an education; it's recognizing the fact that some students require more support than others to reach their academic potential.