Finding new friends after joining a new school isn’t easy. It’s even harder to make sure the ones you find are the right ones. But no one should ever have to deal with rejecting friendships with people who want to see them lynched. Aina Adewunmi, 15, transferred to Palisades Charter High School in Southern California in January and became friends with a group of students before things took a turn.
Parents of students at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School have come forward with stories about receiving offensive awards from a teacher. Sydney Caesar says her award says, “Most Likely to Blend in with White People.” Now, Lizeth Villanueva received one that declared “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist,” according to Fox 26 Houston.
Black students are still getting in trouble for wearing Black hairstyles.
The latest example of this negatively-received approach comes from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that parents have come out to pushback against the school’s attempt to punish students for wearing box braids.
Given his young age, the circumstances of his death and, now, the context surrounding it, Gabriel Taye’s death is the kind that sticks with you. In January, the 8-year-old was found dead after he hanged himself with his necktie in his Cincinnati home, reports CNN.
School officials have now released a 24-minute video that captures an incident Taye was involved in days before that impacts the conversation of what led to his death.
LeBron James really does love the kids. It feels like every other week there’s a new story coming out where he’s finding a new way to give them support. But his latest venture may be the biggest one yet.
The Associated Press reports that James is opening a STEM-focused school to help at-risk youth in his native Akron, Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is working with Akron Public Schools to make the idea a reality and hopefully open to students in the 2018 school-year.
Going out to schools and speaking to kids can be an uphill battle. Minutes of speaking and building up their support and interest can easily go to waste in seconds after saying a couple of the wrong things. Jameis Winston, quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, learned this the hard way recently.
Despite literally forging the minds of our future, educators aren’t thanked nearly as much as they should be. Not only do they fill their students with academic knowledge, but they often play a significant role on their daily lives. Which is why having teachers students can see themselves in is crucial.
There is no question that schools need better, more effective ways to manage and mentor diverse student populations. One school, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, is doing just that by getting rid of traditional punitive detention halls and bringing in yoga mats for meditation.
NFL fans are preparing for what appears to be their first season without one of the sport’s most charming, yet least talkative players. Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement in as cryptic a fashion as he lived his life and now appears to be enjoying his retirement.
This story brings institutional racism to the forefront of the conversation, but at this point, is that to anyone’s surprise?
A family in Hopewell, Virginia said that their seventh grade child was forced to leave his private school because he would not cut his dreadlocks.