Category Archives: Education

Who’s Sitting in Your Classroom?

About three and a half years ago, my dad ran into my seventh grade social studies teacher. Her first question was, “So what penitentiary is that Rodney Jordan in today?” My dad responded, “My son is a school teacher now.” … Continue reading

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A Letter to a Former Teacher

Dear Mrs. Street, I still remember the first day I walked into your class. You had it all set up nice and neat. It was obvious you took time to prepare it for lost kids like me. Your room was … Continue reading

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What is your backup plan, young man?

“What time is it?” “Game Time!” “What time is it?” “Game Time!” “Any dawgs in da house?” “Woo Woo Woo Woo?” “Any dawgs in da house?” “Woo Woo Woo Woo?” If you’re a big sports fan, you may remember this … Continue reading

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Just Because I’m Angry: A note from a young black male school teacher

Over 32 million adults in the United States can’t read! More than 21% are reading below a fifth grade level. Sadly, that number has been on the rise since those statistics were published in 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/illiteracy-rate_n_3880355.html. I can’t tell you … Continue reading

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Young Black Male School Teacher: Success or Sellout?

Some say I’m a success, others call me a sellout. I’m a role model in the eyes of many yet my own race questions my blackness. “Who does he think he is?” they ask. “Why does he say what he … Continue reading

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Tired of Being Black: “So Disgusted I Can’t Perform”

Tired of Being Black: “So Disgusted I Can’t Perform” Disgusted with a racist video? Are you serious? Boy, do we black men have some nerve! Who are we to get mad at other races for using the “n” word? Who … Continue reading

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Talk is Not Cheap…Depending on Who You Are

His pockets have been shaken for thousands of dollars. Six figures according to some sources. During the 2013-14 season, after being slapped with a $50,000 fine for skipping out on the media which was later bumped up to $100K, he … Continue reading

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