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Mary Rice-Boothe's Blog – February 2011 Archive (6)

Five Reasons to Thank a Black Female Educator

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary." - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The Miseducation of the Negro"



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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Balancing Charlestown

"...a racially imbalanced school is not educationally harmful."

—Louise Day Hicks, Boston School Committee, 1974


The Boston Public Schools is the oldest public school system in America, founded in 1647. It is also the home of the nation's first public, elementary and high schools.



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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Shut Out: A Dozen Facts About NYC's Specialized High Schools

In 1904, the most coveted school in New York City opened its doors, named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Netherland. By 1938,… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Five Ways to Bring African-Americans Back to the Teaching Profession

President Obama, recently said in a speech, “If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher. Our country needs you.”

 

The President and his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have backed up this declaration by launching their TEACH campaign. The program was launched in the fall of 2010 to persuade more minorities - particularly males - to enter education. The federal government has launched…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 11, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Newark's Soldiers

Newark has become my second home this year. Amongst the fanfare of FaceBook money and the Booker/Christie coalition, I began working with a small school in its second year. The state-controlled district has a 22% graduation rate. This has led to an enormous amount bureaucracy. I leave every visit learning more about the immediate school community as well as what it means to be a teacher in the Newark Public Schools.

 

The school has a total of eight teachers--art, English,…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

5 Reasons Why Black Males Won't Become Teachers

On Monday, January 31st, filmmaker Spike Lee joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA for a town hall meeting. The purpose of the convening, which was attended by high school and college Black males, was to issue a call for more Black… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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