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Challenges of Teaching African American History in US Public Schools: Reflections on 30 Years of Teaching

This post is based on a roundtable discussion I participated in at the 2015 African Heritage Studies Association Conference in New York City, NY. My oldest son, Akil Parker, was also a member of that panel speaking on his experience as a math teacher. Introduction This paper is a reflection on my more than 30 years of working as a [...]

“Cultivating” Culturally Responsive Teachers at Southwest Academy

Through a generous donation to The William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute, Inc. we have partnered with Southwest Academy Middle School in Baltimore County to provide seven teachers with our year long "Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Practice" teacher training. Our philosophy that the most important relationship as regards student success is that between the teacher and student. Principal Karen Barnes [...]

“Colored Teachers for the Colored Schools:” The Fight for African American Teachers in Baltimore City (Part 2)

New Black Leadership By the middle of the 1880’s there was a shift in Baltimore’s African American leadership. The Republican hold on the black community was beginning to be reexamined. African Americans questioned the propriety of supporting candidates who only used their support to get into office and once elected did not follow through on their campaign promises. Also, the [...]

Educating Baltimore’s Black Community (Part 1)

Baltimore’s Black community has been fighting for adequate public education for our children since the Baltimore City Public School system was established in 1829. Many of the issues we were fighting for in the 19th century we are still struggling to acquire today. Initially we merely sought access to the public schools. While we paid taxes that supported the schools [...]

October 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Disconnected Students

One of the many problems in today’s schools is that we have a tremendous disconnect between the students, how and what schools teach and the manner in which it is taught. We are using agrarian age facilities, employing an industrial business model to teach third millennium youth. In a PBS Frontline program about Michele Rhee one of the scenes illustrated [...]

July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments