We Owe It To Our Children … Parent: Getting Through

It is in the day-to-day family interactions that either self-esteem blooms or the spirit is broken, flames of anger lit and seeds of hostility and resentment are sewn. For some years our teenagers, who are at a very vulnerable stage, have fallen prey to ills that throw them off the path to reaching their full […]Read More

A Schedule Of Events For Parents, Teachers, Caregivers, Students

October 5 9:00a-12n- Common Core in Common Language – DOE Parent Academy 2013: Start the School Year Strong. Long Island University, 1 University Plaza.  Meet Kimberly Cline, LIU President and Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education.  Workshops collaborating with your school, Welcome to pre-K, Get Ready for College and Career,  Alternative Schools and Programs, […]Read More

An SOS Call – We Owe Our Children Community

Listening to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now daily serves as a reminder that I want a better world for my grandchildren and future generations. That requires seeking ways to resurrect innate intelligences of each and every child.  Observing the lack of respect for human life that exists throughout the country, the people, especially parents and extended […]Read More

Whose Children? Our Children!!

by Aminisha Black The statistics on our youth is dismal and demands, deserves the attention of all.  As the numbers rise of youth being killed by guns in Brooklyn, NYC and across this country, I’m convinced that the time is long overdue to resurrect the village whose highest-held value was relationships between humans and the […]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