Category Archives: Education

Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

The disproportionate discipline of African-American students has been extensively documented; yet the reasons for those disparities are less well understood. Drawing upon one year of middle-school disciplinary data for an urban school district, we explored three of the most commonly offered hypotheses for disproportionate discipline based on gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Racial and gender disparities in office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions were somewhat more robust than socioeconomic differences. Both racial and gender differences remained when controlling for socioeconomic status. Finally, although evidence emerged that boys engage more frequently in a broad range of disruptive behavior, there were no similar findings for race. Rather, there appeared to be a differential pattern of treatment, originating at the classroom level, wherein African-American students are referred to the office for infractions that are more subjective in interpretation. Implications for teacher training and structural reform are explored.” This was published 12/2002, (It’s been going on forever. The system is taking very few steps to stop it.) The Urban Review

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New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for “digestible” fiction.

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.

Books like Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Teju Cole’s “Open City”, Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” and Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions. The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.

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School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned!

Daughter: “He kept snapping my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told Mr. [Teacher]. He told me to ‘ignore it.’  [Boy] did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped.”

(I turn to the teacher.) Me: “You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers.”

Teacher: “What?! No!”

Me: “Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on Mrs. [Advisor]’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s . . .

Source: School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned! – Indiatimes.com

MCCC, Rutgers-Camden sign nursing agreement to save students $20K

The agreement allows students to stay at Mercer County Community College for a third year before transferring to Rutgers-Camden saving them $20,000. Earlier this week Thomas Edison and MCCC also sealed a deal to help the nursing students.

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Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem

This uncritical scapegoating of the Vodou religion (called Santeria in Cuba and Candomblé in Brazil) as the source of Haiti’s problems is typical amongst Catholics and their evangelical Christian counterparts. It implies that Christianity provides you not only with enlightenment from your backwards ways, but financial gains…I guess Italy and Greece just haven’t been praying hard enough!
Source: Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem – EBONY

How much surgeons, lawyers and 18 other top-earning pros make per hour

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In some states, however, employees not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act earn as little as $5.15.

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30 Cleaning Hacks that Will Clean Your Car Better (And Faster) Than You Ever Have

Does your car look and smell so horrible that you’re embarrassed to have friends ride with you? Do you wish you had that new-car smell and shine? Have you considered taking it in for detailing? Chances are that like many of us you practically live in your car, which can get pretty grimy from all th

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Negroes with Guns

Black Panthers for Defense
Black Panthers for Defense

Robert and Mabel Williams embodied the true American spirit. The fighting spirit that uses guns to battle tyranny and oppression around the world. They sacrificed and suffered as a family so that African Americans could be free. Their work made passive civil disobedience much more palatable to the U.S. government, and inspired such groups as the Deacons for Defense and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Robert Williams with Mao
Robert Williams meets with Premier Mao Zedong of China

While in exile in Cuba, Robert wrote the biographical Negroes with Guns. The book details the abuses and struggles in Monroe and the events that led up to them leaving the U.S.

Source: Negroes with Guns « NEGROES WITH GUNS

Truth brings Justice

white mummy

“They haven’t found a white mummy yet good luck with that.”…maybe for the same reason, they can’t find white Jesus’ bones.