My Quest To Teach

March 2, 2018

What I Learned From The Black Panther Movie

Filed under: #Africa,Education,Parenting — William Jackson @ 12:45 pm

What I Learned From The Black Panther Movie
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

The Black Panther movie sets a continuous tone for the awareness of
behaviors and learning the value of personal accountability, self-pride,
self-awareness, responsibility to cultural strength and even generational

Each Black community is only as strong as the Black men that take
ownership and responsibility for it. Case in point, what Black man would
allow a child of any age to be killed and not assist in apprehending the
killer or killers that live in the community. This is happending across this
nation with Black children.
What Black man that is hyped about a movie like the Black Panther that
speaks of community and family love, but can stand by and see children
molested and mentally as well as physically raped?
What Black man watching the movie Black Panther can see even in a
movie the value of technological innovation, but only praise their children
for sports and entertainment?

Black fathers that are serious are involved in their children’s lives academically,
socially and culturally. There are already models for these behaviors, but
more should be done.

What I Learned From Black Panther as a Black Man and Father
is my interpretation to the responsibilities, purpose and
the blessings from being a Black man and Black father.
Whether intentional or not Black Panther has highlighted the
importance of Black fathers as parental foundations,
educatioanl leadership, spiritual conduits and cultural icons.

The uniqueness in thought leadership, innovation, creativity
and wealth is not unique to Africa which is the cradle of
human civilization. Long before Europeans where “civilized”
African ( which a continent) had universities, hospitals and
even conducted scientific research.

What I learn is listed below to encourage growth after a movie
that creates emotional hypeness and should inspire intellectual

1. Black fathers have a responsibility to raise their
children and provide for their families, even sacrificing
their comfort for the children they helped create.
2. The sins of the father sometimes do fall on future
generations, but forgiveness is imporant. No one is perfect.
3. Black men and boys must be prayed for, mentored and
guided. How can Black boys grow to be Black men if men do
not take the time to teach?
4. Black fathers must consider their legacy they
will leave behind. What words will people say about a
father, what words will children hear when the father
5. Black men must always remember they live on the
shoulders of past Black men. The hard work, sacrifice
and deligence that was exchanged for growth and success.
6. Black fathers must build to create and maintain a
foundation for their families based on education
(scholarly or vocational), economics (good stewards in money
and investments) and culturally positive (know thy history).
7. Being a father does not stop when children reach a
certain age, fathers must provide praise, positive
affirmations and continued mentorship while alive.
8. Black fathers must prepare their children for
living without their fathers, when the father dies.
Black children must have installed in them the will power
and knowledge to continue on with life when parents die.
9. Black fathers must always respect the mothers,
grandmothers and women in and out of their families.
The foundation for respect starts and is sustained
with Black fathers. Being a role model is valuable.
10. When Black men do not do what they are supposed
to do the Black woman will at great sacrifice take
the lead.
11. Black fathers and Black men must unite or they
will remain divided, weak, self-destructive and
12. Black men must support their building and
strengthening of their communities. Not waiting
for others to come in and “make things better.”
13. Black investment must be investments that
results in visible results. Planning for the now
and the future is valuable to generational success.
14. Black fathers cannot afford to only look
at sports as a way out of challenges in society.
They need to celebrate their scholars, dreamers,
innovators and smart creatives. Black children
must learn what white children are learning to
be employable and functionable in this world.
15. Black fathers need to put in just as much
work with their sons as they do with their
16. Black fathers need to hold each other
accountable. Support with love and brotherhood.
17. Black fathers need to teach each other
how to be compassionate and prayerful.
18. “Evangelism should be reinforced by men to
other men.” C. McClendon; Northside Church
of Christ
19. Black men should be supportive and
good stewards of finances. Teach their
children how to save, spend and invest money.
20.Black men should study the greatness of
their past, share it with their present
and prepare for their future.
21.Black fathers should participate in
leadership roles within the community and
within their children’s schools.
22. Educational leadership is important in
the homes of Black families. Black men should
have libraries of books and even books on DVD.
23. The voices of Black fathers should have
the resonation of pride of lions for truth,
justice and unity.
24. Black men and fathers should not need
law enforcement to stop violence in their
25. Black men should be surrounded with
Black children whether they are theirs
or not. Teaching, mentoring, praying and
supporting them.
26. Black men should be speaking power and
purpose into their children’s lives. The
power of the tongue is generational.
27. Black fathers should be seen with their
and other Black children in libraries,
museums and cultural centers teaching and
showing the fun and value of learning.
28. Black men and Black fathers should
not lean on their own understanding, but
a unit of spiritual and intellectual
29. Black fathers should allow knowledge
to help solve problems and issues not
emotional violence.
30.The love of each other as Black fathers
and Black men should unite and never divide.


January 31, 2018

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix

There are deserts that span vast distances around the world.
They lack the resources to support the diversity of life seen in
places that have sufficient environmental conditions that allow
for growth of foliage allowing animals to live, survive and thrive.

The definition of a desert by Wikipedia is:
“A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation
occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant
and animal life.” The application of this definition in many ways
can be applied to under-served communities across this nation
that suffer from lack of educational
materials promoting reading.

Even though there are books in schools, libraries and community
centers conditions may not be motivating for children in
under-served communities.
Looking at the Twitter tags #BookDeserts #BookDesert
#ReadingDeserts there is a serious discussion promoting literacy
in communities. When there are children that love to read it can
be challenging to find materials that excite them and their passion
to learn about the areas they love.

Stated by Derrick Young (Mahogany Books in Washington, D.C.)
about book deserts, “A book desert isn’t a community-created
Derek Young states, “It’s because other people have decided not
to invest into these communities. It’s not because these
communities aren’t readers.”

As an educator and two children attending universities I
understand that education is an investment that has long term
applications, people living in distressed areas are on survival
mode and not seeing long term events because they are surviving
from day to day. Aida a mother and grandmother understands
the value and importance of reading. She taught her children
that reading is a foundation to educational success.

As an inner city Title 1 teacher over 20 years I have seen students
attention directed to just living, not worrying about where the
next book will be coming from.
So books may not be available to inspire reading. Studies in 2015
and 2016 have shown that book deserts exist when there is a rise
in income segregation, lack of infrastructure investment or
financial stability is affected by job loss, incarceration and even
when a school receives a failing grade on state assessments
and funds are cut.

Negatively impacting a family’s and community’s capability to
provide reading material. The focus changes and diminishes the
chances of academic success. The impact on adults is big as well,
children do not see their parents reading the newspaper or
books so they do not have role models or engagement to talk
about the news and current events.

Even neighborhood libraries face challenges because their
materials maybe old, outdated and not culturally relevant.
If a child does not see themselves in a book they may not
want to read it if there is no previous exposure.
Jacksonville Public Libraries often work within communities
to provide resources and materials that broaden the vision
of children and create a welcoming environment for Black,
Latina, White, Asian, etc. There are still some parents that do
not access the resources because of their lack
of reading skills or past experiences.

In Jacksonville, Florida there are book stores “Chamblin”
that have books bursting out of the walls to be purchased
and can even be returned in exchange at a lower cost for
other books. Teachers can even have accounts setup for
their classrooms so students can purchase books and the
teacher can pay for all or part of the book.

In this digital age where information sharing, collaboration
and knowledge based application is important. Reading
is an essential skill that transcends generations, genders,
lifestyles and cultures. Communities of color
sometimes lack the educational investments necessary to
inspire children, youth, teens and young adults to read,
but parents do guide their children to educational success
and movement, parents are the first role models by

Too often the societal perception and even the media has
the idea that people in challenged or poor neighborhoods
don’t care about the achievement of their children. This is
further from the truth, parents in under-served
neighborhoods want the best for their children, because
of circumstances in finances, educational lacking, and other
social issues do not have the means to provide proper and
lasting resources.

Book stores like “Chamblin” and Jacksonville Public Libraries
fill the gap in book deserts so long as there is proper investment
and a vision for growth and success to meet the needs of
diverse communities.

Parents make 2018 the year for engagement with your
children to get them to enjoy reading. Make it a part of your
and their life every day…
Over 200 Books for and about People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

Twitter: #bookdeserts #bookdesert
Book Deserts
Chamblin Book Store –
Facebook for Chamblin Book Store
Jacksonville Public Library Twitter –
Jacksonville Public Library Online –
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library –
San Marco Bookstore
@SanMarcoBooks – Twitter
Jacksonville, FL

November 3, 2017

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer
by William Jackson
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy, Inc.
PSTEAhM Camp Jacksonville, Florida

Summer learning is becoming increasingly valuable for
preparation for careers.
The summer is a perfect time to encourage applying learning
to everyday situations and building learning as fun. Applying
learning to real life experience to build relevancy and
connections. Applying math to help building a budget, reading
to build an appreciation for literacy and understanding
the value for comprehension. Art for diving into STEAM where
discovery can be enlightening and a drive towards careers.
Teaching children how to budget money early will allow for
them to process the value of money and build a respect
for work. Parents should use the summer to incorporate
STEAM into their children’s life and teaching children how
influential even in a small way STEAM is important.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics – STEAM
Teaching children and teens early will help them learn to
survive when there is no one around to give advice, it will
already be in them thinking creatively and being innovative
with their resources. Instead of telling children that money
does not grow on trees the summer should have been used to
show them by allowing them to practice saving and spending.
Provide a budget and some funds so it can be seen in a
realistic format. Children and teens need to be allowed
to shop, compare items and compare the cost helps to
understand the monetary responsibilities in feeding a
family; also helping children learn the sacrifices parents
make for even small things as prices fluctuate.

Children and teens perspectives are different when parents,
family and even summer camps teach how to manage money that
is not infinite, there is a limit.
The science of shopping, preparation, cooking and serving
can be fun and open discussions as to why parents or guardians
only purchase certain foods or why parents or guardians
shop at certain stores. Understanding and comprehension
come when a child applies what they are learning to real
world situations.

Just think what your child may be applying when they are
learning to connect the pieces of STEAM that are filled with
events that allow for increased blood pressure or an increase
in blood sugar content. Why candy can be dangerous not just
for teeth, but high levels of blood sugar can cause
serious issues later in life.

There are diverse games that children are playing at summer
STEAM camps like Tristan’s, the dream of Arlene Lloyd an
educator in Jacksonville, Florida and STEM/STEAM advocate.
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy is incorporating STEAM has
found a connection to learning, growing and fun this summer.
Involvement of skills related to STEM, STEAM, and STREAM are
not limited to just science and those areas that kids
expect academically.

Education allows for the accumulation of information, facts,
access to data, students still need to learn how to apply
these to real life experiences especially money. Parents
must understand that value of “exposure,” the purpose of
application and implementation is valuable.
The first teacher is the parent, but if the parent is also
lacking in information that makes a dangerous situation,
because ignorant parents, create ignorant children and
this creates a generational problem of ignorance or lack
of knowledge.

During the summer children should be visiting museums,
library events, cultural activities, field trips.
Summer camps fill a void in learning gaps and exposure.
In this world of Technology, Drones, Social Media, Virtual
Reality, scientific break through, medical discoveries,
etc, children must be prepared especially children of color.
There does not have to be any learning gaps when parents
involve summer camps with structure, capable educators and
a vision for improving the lives of children.
2017 is still a new beginning to bring about a better future,
and the summer of 2018 will again bring rise to choosing
where to put children for learning and exposure.
Careers are not just available because children like them,
they must grow to respect and appreciate the sacrifice
and hard work it takes to advance in careers and the
education required.

Parents of color and children of color, make sure you’re
preparing yourself for future learning and being an
agent of change that promotes generational change for
the better, STEAM, STEM and STREAM have the capacity to
change lives if applied the right way.


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