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Putting "Home" In The "Education" Equation

by Aminisha Black   We’re familiar with the enthusiasm of a three- or four-year-old. They are eager to explore and learn. They are confident that they can do anything. Reality is not a concept they embrace. Notice how few of our children are still that eager or confident at 12 or 13? What happened? Chances […]Read More

Children Learn What They Live – Teaching Afrocentric Values On

By: Aminisha Black The major cultural difference  between  Afrocentrism and Eurocentrism is “we” vs. “I”.  Seeing the world and assessing actions based on what furthers  the goal of the  group  rather than merely agreeing with an individual regardless of their status. Capitalism is the outgrowth of Eurocentric’s individualism.  A few profit from the labor of […]Read More

Creating The Home Learning Environment

by Aminisha Black While schools are designated official institutions and attendance is mandated by law, the time is long overdue for parents and guardians to take responsibility for preparing their                 children to, first of all, survive the madness that is taking the lives of our youngsters on America’s streets or in wars being fought in […]Read More

We Owe Our Children Family And Community

“It takes a village to raise a child” was at one time generally understood and practiced in African American communities.  That African tradition survived slavery.  Neighbors kept an eye out for youngsters and youngsters kept an eye out for adult neighbors, especially if they (the youngsters) were making mischief.  In recent years this communal child-rearing […]Read More

The Parent’s Notebook: Exploring The True Three R’s (Responsibility, Relationships

In Memory of Trayvon and Kamau While thousands  marched  and rallied protesting the not guilty verdict bestowed upon George Zimmerman, (white,) in the murder of  17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, another 17-year-old African-American youth,  Kamau Chandler, was  shot  and killed  on Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Fulton Street on July 27 in an encounter with two Black males.   […]Read More