I interviewed Ndona Muboyayi. She worries that the public school system is teaching her Black children in ways that disempower them while prejudicially stereotyping whites.

Here is the piece:


I can share a few more things she told me, too.
Reflecting on an ascendant term, she told me, "It’s white supremacy to teach Black and brown children that they’re weak, they’re victims, it isn’t up to them if they get ahead. And it teaches the white children that the Black and brown children are weak!"
As an example, she said:
Because her focus on a school board election is the achievement gap in reading, the article discusses a potential solution--do check out the whole thing. Meanwhile, here's something else she told me in our long conversation:
"One issue we've had within the black community is that if you are an educated person who happens to be black," she told me, oftentimes you're labeled as wanting to be white or acting as if you were white," but now, she says,
What made her run for school board?
There's lots more at the link, please check it out on.theatln.tc/NyZAPXI

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theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… argued that educators and activists have different obligations.

Among educators, that is a subject of discussion and debate. As it filters out there's a risk of talking past one another.

For example:

I listened with interest to the webinar event "Black Lives Matter at School: A Discussion with Educators on the Intersections of Activism and Pedagogy"


It offers lots to ponder, including this:

What is meant by "neutral" and "activism" in these conversations varies significantly even among educators openly aligned with BLM at School in this one webinar. Let's look at some contrasting focuses and perspectives (3/x)
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