These are some of the articles, videos,and more we believe promote the goals and themes of the Black Minds Matter movement. As we work to expand education options for our students, we hope to ensure every person has access to resources to be life-long learners. If you’d like to have a news highlighted here, please email us.
What is the State of Black Education in Mississippi?
Nearly 1 out of every 2 students in Mississippi public schools is Black. Yet, Black students lag behind their White peers in most academic indictors. According to an article published by the Hechinger Report, “Although white and black students make up a similar proportion of Mississippi’s student population, white students were more than twice as likely to attend one of Mississippi’s 31 A-rated school districts.” No state in the Union would benefit more from closing the achievement gap between Black and White students.
What is the state of Black education in America?
Imagine sending your child to a school that is chronically failing and not equipped with resources like textbooks or even an adequate number of teachers. Imagine being told your only option is to move to a school located in a neighborhood that you cannot afford. For North Carolina mom Charlonda Brown, this was reality. Unfortunately, this story and experience is far too common for Black families across the country.
It’s Time to Break the Link Between Housing and Education
Disparate learning losses during the pandemic are highlighting the ongoing impact of segregation in America’s schools. Black students are twice as likely to have had no contact with a teacher, and minority students are falling months behind their peers in reading. It’s time to ask why schools remain more segregated today despite six decades of promises to integrate them.
Micro-schools could be answer for low-income Black students
With a lack of support both at home and in school, the interest of our children to engage in their learning wanes. While I believe that every child is born with a thirst for knowledge, those in our community are born into a drought with no end in sight. We can change this. Imagine a school with only a handful of students, learning in a safe and welcoming environment. With such small numbers, their teacher can work with each student, developing and following a personalized learning plan.
Families need options: Why school choice is essential to ensuring racial equality
As Americans, we pride ourselves on an inherent ability to make our own choices and manage our own lives. That self-determination is a foundational tenet of our democracy, something we guard jealously. Except in public education. Over the course of our nation’s history, public education has never truly been a place where everyone is empowered to manage their own lives. And this is especially true for low-income families and for Black and brown students.
THE RIGHT OF CHOICE FOR BLACK STUDENTS
Opponents of educational choice are the most flagrant offenders because they prioritize systems over students. In some instances, choice opponents use Brown v. Board of Education to justify denying black students the right to choose a school that has a predominantly black population. This is counterintuitive given that Brown fought to end forced segregation in schools.
Missing in School Reopening Plans: Black Families’ Trust
Deep-seated mistrust among Black families toward their public school districts is holding back school reopening, even as Black children suffer inordinately from remote learning.
The Fake Argument That School Choice Is Racist
Activist Chris Stewart tells Nick Gillespie that until African Americans control the means of their own education, they will never be fully equal.
COVID taught us this lesson — school choice matters more than ever
People’s lives and livelihoods have been upended; we’ve changed the way we engage in our communities; and schools across the country have been shuttered, presenting unexpected challenges for working families. While the impact we’re feeling now is immediate, the unintended consequences of keeping our young people home for a year will be felt far into their futures and the future of our country.