My Quest To Teach

March 24, 2017

Bring Out the Magic in Girls and Women of Color

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 07:30

Bring Out the Magic in Girls and Women of Color
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

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STEM demonstrates the need for the intellectual
development of children of color in Science Technology
Engineering Mathematics STEM. There are many kids that
love STEM, but they are afraid to show this because of
fears of being bullied, harassed, cast-out and even
physical violence used against them because of their
passion in learning.
The potential of girls cannot be lost to influences
that kill the creative spirit, the talents and  abilities
that they carry. There are growing smart creatives
that are changing where this world is moving because of
their  intelligence. Innovation, creativity and the
engineering spirit are alive in girls and women of color
and culture.

Teachers, educators, and even administrators
must protect girls from their peers that do not share
the same values because the idea of being smart and Black
and female should be an honor not a liability.

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Panel discussion at Edward Waters College – STEM
girls and women in STEM at Edward Waters College
Grace Johnson, Hortinse Diggs, Mary Madison and
Lesley

Girls and women of color should be running to join
science clubs, agricultural groups, photography clubs,
computer groups, robotics clubs seeking to be the
doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientist and even artist
and writers they dream to be.
Girls and women of color should be taking trips to the
library, because today they cannot be turned away as was
done in Hidden Figures. The fact is that years ago Blacks
had to steal books to read because they were denied and
even punished for wanting to read and learn.
Jim Crow laws and the mentality towards Black women was
of a lesser people that did not deserve education. Learning
did not include them.This is far from being true today,
look at the increase of women earning degrees and certificates.

The legacy of the time of Hidden Figures was of discovery
and innovation, creativity and paradigm change. NASA
created the need for intellectuals and innovators, that is
still needed today and girls of color need to see why they
should be honor students, not numbers in special education
classes or in-school suspension programs or stuck in the
Juvenile Justice System where they are casualties. Why
carry guns when books create a future of growth and life.
Parents set the tone for their children and should
understand that education changes life for the better.

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In the movie Hidden Figures the women were called
“computers” because of their intelligence and the
analytical abilities they had. I remember my mother
taking me and my brother and sister to the library, it
was a wondrous thing because of the chance to learn new
things, to open our minds to new discoveries and learn
new things about ourselves especially our sister.
Books were taught by my mother to help me to be the
best that I can be and not to allow anyone to make
me feel inferior. This needs to be shared nationally,
today girls are put in front of the idiot box (television),
gaming systems to learn new ways to kill, steal and destroy.
Where is the inspiration to discover the world, the oceans
and space? There is no cultural significance of intellectual
empowerment with television so girls need to be directed,
mentored guided.

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Unless parents understand what STEM is and will continue
to influence the world around them and get their children
reading and build comprehension skills, children of color
and culture will continue to struggle and the education
gap will grow. The economic gap will widen and the political
gap will result in people of color having no power,
no voice and forgotten in a global economy.

Hidden Figures can be seen as a wake-up call to future
generations to prepare children for new careers, new
ways of learning and to build communities that are
torn apart by the lack of educational resources and
even parental priority. “Education is not a competition
it is a way for completion of life, dreams and goals.
Education should be used to complete lives, not used
to compete against each other and breed jealousy,
envy and bias.” Prof. William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

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Grace Johnson
Technical Project Manager @ NASA Kennedy Space Center
https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-johnson-77418320/
Professor William Jackson
Educatora, Blogger and Speaker
Edward Waters College – Educational Technology and Social Media
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Hortense Blackwell Diggs
Deputy Director
Office of Communication and Public Engagement
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/biographies/blackwell-diggs.html

Parents need to understand that their children’s education
prepares them for the work force that requires smart
creatives, angular thinkers, thought leaders, innovators
in diverse fields, what is in the mind is valuable.
Those that disrespect education will be a casualty in a
society of thought leadership and informational access.

Children of color and culture have awesome powers of
intellectual magic that need to be strengthened and
applied to make society a more inclusive and accepting
society of diversity especially for children of color.
Education and learning are the keys to improving any
society and history shows this.

“Blacks need to stop thinking of each other as competition,
start looking at each other as collaborations to build
stable infrastructures so children can grow without the fear
of being hated because of their color and their intellectual
abilities.” Prof. William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

Resources:
Shades of Women As Melanin Medical Doctors
Melanin, M.D. – @MelaninMD
1st & 2nd yr med students tweeting advice/inspiration for
premeds. Aiming to enrich medicine through diversity.
http://melaninmd.org/ | melaninmd@gmail.com

The Mars Generation – Is your child interested in
going to Mars?
https://www.facebook.com/themarsgeneration/

Genes in Space
Calling all 7th – 12th grade students:
Help pioneer DNA research in space!
Submit your idea and make a vital contribution to deep
space exploration.
https://www.genesinspace.org/apply/

Generation WOWhttp://www.genwnow.com/stories/ready-go-space-camp
Send a Jacksonville Youth to Space Camp This Summer
Excited about the opportunity to send two local youths
from Jacksonville, FL, to Space Camp with the remaining
funds raised from the Hidden Figures movie initiative.
Check out the link below for more information on
Space Camp.
http://www.spacecamp.com
The applicant must be between the ages of 12 – 16 and
write an essay on why he or she should go to
Space Camp.
The essay must be no more than 500 words.
All essays are due by April 15, 2017 and should be
“mailed” to:
Attn: Taylor Richardson
PO Box 54601
Jacksonville, FL 32245

No email essays will be accepted.
We will announce the winners mid May 2017.
Please be sure to check spelling, grammar and the
usage of any data related to you being selected.
Good luck!!!!

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March 22, 2017

What Does Hidden Magic Represent

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 07:31

What Does Hidden Magic Represent
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox
#MyQuestToTeach

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Hidden Figures demonstrates the need for the intellectual
development of children of color in Science Technology
Engineering Mathematics STEM. There are many kids that love
STEM, but they are afraid to show this because of fears of
being bullied, harassed, cast out and even physical
violence used against them.

The potential of Black children cannot be lost to
influences that kill the creative spirit, the talents and
abilities. There are growing smart creatives that are
changing where this world is moving because of their
intelligence. Innovation, creativity and the engineering
spirit are alive in children and adults of color and
culture. Teachers, educators, and even administrators
must protect these students from their peers that do not
share the same values because the idea of being smart
and Black should be an honor not a liability.

Children of color should be running to join science clubs,
agricultural groups, photography clubs, computer groups,
seeking mentors to be the doctors, lawyers, engineers,
scientist and even artist and writers they dream to be.
Children of color should be taking trips to the library,
because today they cannot be turned away as was done in
Hidden Figures. The fact is that years ago Blacks had to
steal books to read because the ones they had were old and
outdated or just were not available. Jim Crow laws and
the mentality towards Blacks was of a lesser people that
did not deserve and education. Learning was beyond and
above them. This is far from being true.

The legacy of the time of Hidden Figures was of discovery
and innovation, creativity and paradigm change. NASA created
the need for intellectuals and innovators, that is still
needed today and children of color need to see why they
should be honor students, not numbers in special education
classes or in-school suspension programs or stuck in the
Juvenile Justice System where they are numbers and casualties
of economic dispare or parental neglect. Why carry guns
when books create a future of growth and life. Parents
set the tone for their children and should understand
that education changes life for the better.

In the movie Hidden Figures the women were called
“computers” because of their intelligence and the
analytical abilities they had. I remember my mother taking
me and my brother and sister to the library, it was
a wondrous thing because of the chance to learn new
things that maybe no one else knew, to open my mind
to new discoveries and learn new things about myself.
Books were taught by my mother to help me to be the
best that I can be and not to allow anyone to make
me feel inferior. This needs to be shared nationally,
today kids are put in front of the idiot box (television),
gaming systems to learn new ways to kill, steal and
destroy. Where is the inspiration to discover the world,
the oceans and space? There is no cultural significance
of intellectual empowerment.

Unless parents understand what STEM is and will continue
to influence the world around them and get their children
reading and build comprehension skills, children of color
and culture will continue to struggle and the education
gap will grow. The economic gap will widen and the political
gap will result in people of color having no power,
no voice and forgotten in a global economy.

Hidden Figures can be seen as a wake-up call to future
generations to prepare children for new careers, new
ways of learning and to build communities that are
torn apart by the lack of educational resources and
even parental priority. The seeds of jealousy and envy
and the lack of community and cultural pride
continue to grow, this hurts Black communities because
education is not a competition it is a way for completion
of life, dreams and goals. “Education should be used to
complete lives, not used to compete against each other.”
Prof. William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

Parents need to understand that their children’s education
prepares them for the work force that requires smart creatives
and innovators, what is in your mind is valuable. Those that
lack education will be a causality in a society of
thought leadership and information access.

Children of color and culture have awesome powers of
intellectual magic that needs to be strengthened and
applied to make society a more inclusive and accepting
society of diversity. Those in power are seeking to separate
and categorize people, making them feel they have to be
against each other to survive and thrive. Education and
learning are the keys to improving any society and history
shows this.

“Blacks need to stop thinking of each other as competition,
start looking at each other as collaborations to build
stable infrastructures so children can grow without the fear
of being hated because of their color and their intellectual
abilities.” Prof. William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

March 20, 2017

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach @wmjackson

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The more I speak at conferences, churches and with
youth groups the more I see that information needs
to be shared with parents and their children. Too many
parents are clueless that their children are involved in
Sexting, Cyberbullying, and even digital Pimping. Yes
I said digital Pimping.
The use of Social Media to post personal pictures,
tantalizing videos, stimulating sexual photos and
sensuous party picts may be fun and exciting, but they
can hurt a teen and young adults e-reputation,
e-personality and potentially their credit score and
being hired.

You can forget being involved in politics and in some
cases community service. If you “equipment” is
posted for everyone to see that is almost and death
sentences for any political dreams.
Employers, educational institutions and even the
military have the capability to check Social Media
platforms to look for and find potentially harmful
information that can stop college entrance,
put a stop on receiving scholarships and internships,
even prevent starting a promising career in a
dream job making millions.

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Parents should learn the terminology their children
are using online to stop potential problems before
they happen, giving their children a Smartphone is
not very bright without talking about expectations
for behaviors and actions. It is almost like giving
the keys of their car to a unlicensed driver with no
experience, no insurance and no limits.
The Internet contains the worst and the best of
human information, but youth, teens and young
adults will ultimately find or be attracted to the
parts that are unhealthy and potentially dangerous.
The lure of excitement is more exciting than common
sense.

Sexting is a dangerous activity that children are
participating in, they lack the maturity to understand
that as a boy sending a (DP) “dick pic” or a girl sending
a (Taco) or vagina pict has consequences that may
involve law enforcement and being involved in child
porn. Their reputations can be destroyed and that
DP or Taco will never go away because information
is backed up, archived and stored on servers someplace.
DP’s are part of Sexting and even for girls thinking just
showing some breast, some genital area or even more
is not a big deal.
Tell that to the girls that have been harassed, bullied
both cyber and physically and even the ones that have
committed suicide because of a wrong choice that
will not go away.

Traditional laws years ago did not have to address the
Sexting and child porn of the last 10 to 15 years,
because of the Internet Congress has passed legislation
to cover these issues and jails contain men and women
caught in child porn and prostitution rings. Laws and
the execution of  them demanded law enforcement
using online Apps, platforms and tools to track down
those that seek to have sex with children. Pretending to
want sex as a child and “baiting” both men and women
is seen on the news as they travel sometimes hundreds
of miles to engage in sex with a minor.

Parents need to understand they have a moral and
ethical responsibility to talk to their children no
matter the age to set expectations, to reinforce personal
values and morals about their conduct and actions online.
The online world does have dangers and tragedies can
be seen when kids are kidnapped, sexually assaulted or
sold as sex slaves when enticed to meet strangers away
from home.

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Sexting; is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit
photos and/or text using cell phones with digital cameras.
USA Today has reported in past issues that the percentage
of men admitted to sending a DP is increasing:
those surveyed because they were asked for one, others
they wanted to turn the other person on. Other reasons
flirting and to get the other person to send one back.
Teen girls have reported it is important to “checking out
the junk” to see how real it is because the imagination
can be deceptive and wrong and all boys lie about the
size they have.
“It is the imagination part of sexting that mainly attracts
women to it,” and the thrill for guys.
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to
-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/

*Warning adult content and information.

The percentages are that women are more prone to send
images that stir excitement, create the allure of romance,
not just sex and the invitation to “hookup” mostly with
a male they are attracted to. Sexting can be seen as the
new love note, similar to the notes that use to be passed
around in class, “do you love me yes or no.” Now photos
and video are seen as the tools to get noticed and get into
a relationship. Used by kids even in elementary schools
to get boys and girls to like them.

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Studies conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana
University, published in the journal Sexual Health, 5,805
single adults between the ages of 21 and 77; 23 percent
reported sharing the sexts they received with an average
of more than three different friends. This translates into
No Privacy exists in cyberspace and that those that
Sext have no idea who is looking at them in the world
and have their personal information.
During my presentations over the years with community
groups, youth, teens and young adult groups and even
at the international Preventing Crime In The Black
Community I speak realistically to youth, teens, and
young adults about the potential dangers and future
affects of Sexting. It is not romantic, it is not sexy,
it is not what they think when the image is spread to
a whole school or the football team, or basketball team.

Too many young people still are under the idea that
their pictures will be deleted when they break up with
that boy or girl they are dating, but the hospitals and
even cemeteries show that is not the case when youth,
teens and young adults try to or successfully commit
suicide because their sexting pictures or video are
spread to others and they are harassed and
embarrassed at school, in church and in their
communities.

On the Internet there is no place to hide and no
where to run. Parents talk to your children, Google them
to see what is out there in photos, videos and sharing
sites, be friends with them online and if necessary
contact your cell phone provider and see who they are
texting and sending and receiving
photos and videos with. Be proactive not reactive…..

It is important to be proactive before an incident happens
and law enforcement comes knocking on your door and
takes everyone’s devices for an investigation that will
be embarrassing for you at work, in church and in
your community.
Youth, teens and young adults convicted of child porn
must register as a sex offender and this will destroy
their freedoms for a long time and bring social changes
that will affect the whole family for years to come.

Resources:
Dick Picts
http://www.dreve.co.za/2017/02/21/sexting-selfies-and-dick-pics/
The Art of Seductive Texting
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/
Parents Learn the New Emoji Terms
https://www.bustle.com/articles/118609-10-new-emoji-that-will-up-your-sexting-game

Talk to your children, teens and young adults.

 

March 17, 2017

EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 07:45

EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs
by Professor William Jackson
Edward Waters College

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EdCamp St. Augustine

The exposure to the collaboration with educators
with years of experience is important for new
educators and pre-service educators that attend HBCUs
choosing a career in education. Becoming a teacher is not
an easy decision, knowing you have the support of seasoned
and respected educators is a plus and motivating.
Diversity builds education, it is a foundation of teaching to
build on what the real world is so students can adapt and
contribute. It requires diverse people to educate a diverse
growing student population in schools and strengthens
the communities schools are in. Schools are a microcosm
of their communities as I have stated in my classes, that is
why schools are important.
The stronger and connected the school and the valuing of
education helps a community grow and strengthen their
connection. The teachers are the base of acceptance,
stability and tolerance.

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The more teachers are respected and connected they
can influence the life of a community. That is why in
the past teachers that lived in the areas they taught in
were effective not just with students, but with parents
and influencing the community.
EdCamp provides a foundation for those in education
from teachers, administrators, support staff and even
students to come together and share in open discussions
about how to improve the educational culture and
atmosphere of schools. These connections are valuable
for new teachers to see and experience.
HBCUs need to be involved in EdCamps because they
can network with the schools their graduates may teach
in, talk to experienced teacher and experience successes
with pride and learn realistic strategies to help prepare
HBCU students for their careers.
Why wait until being on the “field” your senior year and
be thrusted in the environment based off of sometimes
outdated policies and procedures when HBCU students
can connect earlier and learn from experts. HBCU students
can understand the culture and the climate of schools
before they get there and be able to handle students
because they understand them earlier.
EdCamp what better platform for pre-service educators
still in under-graduate programs to learn than on a weekend
with free breakfast, free lunch, high energy, diverse
experiences and seasoned professionals that have wisdom,
knowledge and PLCs and PLNs that work.

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EdCamp Magic
EdCamp provides a foundation for resources that reinforce
why to be an educator, why America still needs passionate
and diverse educational mentors, role models and
professionals. Writing this blog reminds me of my experiences
as a teacher and wish that I had the opportunities of EdCamp
as I traveled my journey 27 years ago and continue on for
several more year. I have had the great opportunity to be a
keynote speaker at two (2) EdCamps and attended
several in Florida taking students from Edward Waters College.
Their attendance has been life changing in ways that cannot
be measured. The direct exchange of ideas is important,
conversation is a strong tool that can enhance the confidence
of the teacher in the classroom.
Because of the successes for teachers EdCamp has grown
to international environments. This allows for global sharing,
collaboration and the integration of ideas, strategies and
best practice not just technology.
If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students
will be left behind and out of the decision making process
of building communities and prosperity for its citizens.

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Educational Technology class at Edward Waters College

HBCU students have a responsibility to continue the
storytelling and educating of children that provides
additional exposure and positive contributions to
the communities that HBCUs are a part of. Even if
a student is not an education major HBCU students
can gain experience in networking, professional
exposure and career preparation as a life-long
learner and leader.

Professor William Jackson
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox
#MyQuestToTeach

 

Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book
by Margot Lee Shetterly
How many girls of color are super smart in mathematics,
how many want to be engineers, how many girls of color
want to be doctors and lawyers, scientists and pilots?

How many want to be vetrienarians and writers like Breyanna
Fox a sophmore attending High School in Jacksonville,
Florida, she is interning with My Quest To Teach writing
blogs that are read nationally and Taylor Richardson of
Bolles Middle School, her dreams to be an astronaut
traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet. How many
want to be like Angie Nixon’s daughter Natalie creating
a national following with The Adventures of Moxie McGriff
http://moxiemcgriff.com/

Mayor Brown and Natalie

 

How many boys of color love to read and how many enjoy
building with Legos and other materials that would make
them the next architects and designers of our national
infrastructure for roads and buildings. Young men like
Elisha Taylor an 8th grade students that loves robotics,
reading and has spoken at conferences, TEDxFSCJ and
attending WordCamps and EdCamps in Florida
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/elisha-taylor/

 

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Young men such as Jon Gregory of Edward Waters College
studying to be an elementary education teacher working
with TEAM UP in Jacksonville, Florida.
He has spoken at TEDxFSCJ, EdCamp NASBE and attended
WordPress and WordCamp events. One of the first to
speak at the Edward Waters TIGER TALKS Experience.

Each of these dynamic and success driven visionaries
are embracing their talents as smart creatives and
innovators for the future. How many boys and girls of
color will be able to design future space ships that
will take astronauts beyond Mars and to the stars?
These are dreams that many do have. There is Hidden
Magic in children of color and culture that
needs to be cultivated and encouraged.

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The movie Hidden Figures has sparked a renewed interest
in the need for girls and women to enter into STEM
careers, it is a call for boys and men also to get
involved in STEM and STEAM that allows the imagination
to know no limitations. Girls and women shatter glass
ceilings, boys and men demolishing walls that keep them
out of innovative and historic careers with tech.

There was a time as seen in the movie Hidden Figures
where Black girls and boys were honored as scholars
and intellectuals, what has happened in the 21st
century? There are too many that are scared to read
books in public, too many that will be bullied because
they love math and science.
The question WHY is a question that needs to be answered!!
Not just in schools, but in homes where parents are the
first educators. How can kids bring guns to school, but
struggle to bring books to and from school?

Why are our Black girls and boys that can be honor
students scared to be academically successful? What has
happened since the days when Blacks had to secretely learn
how to read using the Bible that was hidden away. That
was a “hidden treasure” because it was the tool that Blacks
used to start the educational process that even continues
today. HBCUs had to struggle to teach not because of money,
but because society did not think Blacks were smart enough
to be anything other than field workers, hired hands and
property.

These stories are not science fiction, but science fact
how Blacks have influenced a time in national history.
“If Not for Them” there may have not been a journey to
the moon or if there had been, it may have cost more
human lives. Look at the facts that Blacks helped put a
man in space, Blacks helped put a man on the moon and
Blacks continue to do this.

HBCUs have contributed to thousands of #HiddenFigures
that are still unknown and their contributions are
historical in the benefits we enjoy today. Parents
and teachers need to work together to create cultures
of learning not just for school learning, but for the
betterment of our cultures and societies. It is because
of the diversity that America has that is why this
nation is still the best place in the world to live
because we enjoy freedoms that our constitution allows
for everyone.

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