My Quest To Teach

September 28, 2016

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Instructor with Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach
Daddy Blogger – Community Activist – Educator
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The Florida Department of Education initiative:
Dads Take Your Child to School Day! The Department
of Family and Community Engagement is partnering on
this initiative. This event is similar to the Million Father
March that was held on the first day of school nationally.

As part of  this initiative, fathers are asked to show their child
that they value and support their education by bringing them
to school on Wednesday, September 28th and that they
commit to being involved in their learning throughout the year.

This is a great opportunity to increase parental engagement,
especially among fathers, for the entire 2016-17 school year.
Last year, fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers,
uncles, cousins, big brothers, male caregivers, mentors and
family friends all showed their support for students across
the state through their participation. The excitement for
many students is continuing to blossom and the work
continues for academic growth and success. Fathers are
very important in the process of education, helping in laying
a foundation for the importance of maturing academically
and socially. Being a father requires continuous giving,
generosity, kindness, compassion, empathy, love and
dedication to another life besides their own.

Education is a life-long process that is influenced by
parental priorities and influence.

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“Fathers can and do change the world one child
at a time.” William Jackson, M.Edu.

These are suggestions from a father, educator, and
community activist to encourage fathers to
participate and be engaged in the educational
process of their children from early childhood to
higher education.

1. Fathers respect your child’s teacher(s)

One way to support education is to model respect for
teachers and administrators. Fathers speak more by
their actions than words, so visit schools and praise
teachers and administrators.
2. Fathers spend time in the school
Even though it might be tough to visit schools at
least once a month it makes a world of difference
in a child’s behavior and academic success. Spending
time means sacrificing a lunch time, overtime or
buddy time. The rewards are great, just look in
your child’s eyes and see.
3. Fathers listen to teachers not talk at them
Sometimes it is more valuable to listen than to speak.
Fathers must trust teachers to tell them the truth about
their children even if the truth hurts or challenges
making changes to discipline, doing homework,
requiring tutors or not participating in sports or after
school activities. The priority of school is education.
4. Fathers discipline with Love
Many of us have humorous stories of being disciplined
when we were of youthful vigor and energy. We
understood later we were wrong in some of our actions
and choices and that discipline was done with love.
So fathers must continue to have love in their hearts
and minds and discipline fairly and with love.
5. Fathers are Role Models
Fathers are the first role models, even when we don’t
think our kids are watching, they are and other kids do
too. So our actions speak louder than words. We can’t
say “do as I say and not do as I do” because we
send the wrong messages and set our actions and
words up to be hypocritical and without meaning.
6. Fathers are Teachers
When a father teaches it is by his actions not always
by his words. The first teacher should be the child’s
parents. They establish the foundation for future success.
Even if not a great student in school fathers can teach
their children from their mistakes to help their children
to be better academically and socially.

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7. Fathers  should share meals
A great time to share is when eating together. This is a
relaxing time to joke, share, encourage, engage in fun
conversation. Sharing meals should not be serious times,
but memorable ones starting with prayer.
Communication should be two ways that encourage the
kids to ask questions too.
8. Fathers Read to their Children
When my children where toddlers until middle school
their mother and I read to them at various times  during
the day and when it was bed time. This created an
atmosphere where reading was fun. When
they were able to we allowed them to read to us. Even
though we divorced I still read to my children to keep
the consistency and fun of it. Fathers that are not strong
readers should read to their level and build as their
children build. Learning together should not be an
embarrassment it should be a cooperative effort to
show comprehension and literacy are vital.
9. Fathers Show Affection
Fathers cannot afford to be “hard” and unemotional,
this creates unstable emotional behaviors in children
that cause confusion and conflicting emotions for
stability and expression. Fathers have to model love,
proper affection, sensitivity, common sense,
compassion, tenderness. These are what children
need to learn to function in society.
10. Fathers Job is Never Done
At the time of this writing 2016 both my children
are in college, working, driving and in some
capacity they are still dependent on me. Fathering
is a lifelong responsibility even when children are
maturing into adults themselves. Fathers are the
cushions, the barriers that God has placed to make
the world less scary, less threatening and less
depressing when the challenges of life attack
our children.

Children need to know that daddy will be there
not just for money, but for encouragement, advice,
praise, love, prayers and sometimes just a silent
shoulder to listen and arms for reassuring hugs.
Fathers you must decide what kind of father you
want to be, it is a choice and personal decision.
Don’t try to be like any other father but who you
are. Don’t be fake, foolish or fraud, your children
will see right through you.
It is ok to be scared, nervous and apprehensive,
no one has all the answers, you have more life
experiences than your children so use that to
build on as a foundation of support and love.

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Resources:
“The Talk” with your kids:
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/09/05/345891814/whats-your-take-on-nprthetalk  how to make sure your  child comes home.

 

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March 27, 2016

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rebecca Jackson
My mother Rebecca Jackson of
Philadelphia,  Pa educator at
Camden High School in Camden, N. J.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

The power of a woman’s story can be seen as
women work hard and sacrifice to raise their
children to be positive and productive in a society
that is ever changing by cultural diversity, digital
technology, changing spirituality, political controversy
and even the changes in gender lifestyles.

The social awareness of the accomplishments of women
are slowly being shared and highlighted, but the equality
of women are still a struggle for women to gain equability
in their skills to manage more than a family. The societal
dynamics of family have changed in the last 20 years.
Mothers of color and culture have to prepare their children
for a life of diverse challenges that have the potential to
cause mental stresses that may lead to behaviors that affect
cognitive development and societal influences to behaviors
that demand conformity to living and growing to the potential
of girls of color. Mothers motivate, inspire, encourage, engage
and determine the success or failures of their children.

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My Nana Mary Snow

Women’s History Month is not just a moment in the
12 months of a year, but is a continued momentum to
show that women have great potential and are influential
to the success or failures of their children.
Mothers are the foundation of not just the physical
development of children, they provide part of the
genetic makeup that will construct the child within their
wombs, the egg of creation which is fertilized by the seed
of the father. Starting a process that is still scientifically
studied and even on a spiritual level by ministries. The
genetic process is so complex that nature sees fit to empower
women with the responsibility to bring life into this world.

Mothers are an important part of the creation process because
creation saw fit to provide the process of birth with all of the
evolutionary changes, the responsibility did not go to man,
even though he plays a part, the ultimate responsibility is with
the woman, to carry, nurture, feed, protect and lay a foundation
that assures the human species continues to flourish. This
ironically happens for up to 9 months in the womb of a women
even as she carries out her day to day duties as her body changes
in size, shape, hormonal levels and the level of pain inflicted
in the maturation of a fetus that will ultimately be born as an
infant with its own distinct personality.

Mothers are vital to the human race, our species, the continuation
of our race as humans is dependent on mothers to place their lives
at risk, literally, to bring a life into this world. Childbirth is said to
be the closes thing to death for both child and mother. The labor
process is unpredictable and unstoppable.

Moxie Girl
Angie Nixon and Natalie (Moxie Girl)

What more important responsibility is there for women to bring
life into this world, to be mothers outside of career aspirations?
Life anew, that has a transformative effect on the broad environment
and generational development of human life.
What are mothers to do outside of prayer, for them to build strong
children, to enhance the positive abilities of their children and take
advantage of their environmental conditions? Mothers should
understand that if you do not plan to succeed you plan to fail. That
your current situation is just that, a current situation and does not
mean permanent placement. Even if things are going well, plan for
continued stability for the future because our world depends on it.
In too many cases man brings death and destruction, but the balance
is women who bring life and the potential to make the world a
better place for each generation.


La’tonya Richardson and Taylor “Agents of STEAM”

The will of a women can be found in her continued mission to
improve herself through a strong prayer life, continuing education,
promotion in employment, seeking technical certifications and
licenses are the best ways to ensure moving forward in life and
being a role model for children and others around them. We see
locally and nationally mothers that inspire their girls and boys to
greatness, productivity, inspiration and civic engagement to
help others, not to be selfish with their God given gifts,
but to inspire others.

My mother inspired me in the area of technology, preparing
me for a career as a trainer, educator, speaker and even in ministry.
I was also inspired later in life by my sister Tiffany Duhart years
ago to blog when I had no clue what a blog was, to embrace my inner
Blerd and Nerd. To both of them and my grandmother who saw things
in me and prayed for me, I’m eternally grateful that God blessed me
with them. There have been men that helped along the way, and they
too I thank, but my beginning started because a mother, grandmother
and a sister saw things in me I did not see in myself. Even today
sisters motivate me to press forward.

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There is no easy ticket, no magic wand and no specific special
talent that needs be applied for success, just listen to mothers,
grandmothers, aunties that have life experiences. Common sense
provided from mothers have saved lives, created successes,
motivated us beyond or limited perceptions and moved mountains
of challenges and elevated children and families from depressive
situations.
Girls and women, continue to focus on where you want to be as a
person and never give up on your dreams. Never compromise
your integrity and personal self-worth, self-pride and self-esteem.

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This Women’s History Month should contribute to the wakeup
call for girls to be the best you can be, never compromising the
value for and of yourself, your gender and your potential for greatness.

Resources for Girls and Women
1. Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
2. Black Girls Code
https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsCodeOrg/
3. Awkward Black Girl
https://www.facebook.com/awkwardblackgirl/
4. Jeddah Isler, PD
https://www.facebook.com/JedidahIslerPhD/
5. Reader Theater – Tangela Floyd
https://www.facebook.com/tangela.floyd.3
6. Journey Into Womanhood
https://www.facebook.com/empowerment.resources/
7. Girls Inc.
https://www.facebook.com/GirlsInc/
8. Black Girl Nerds
https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlNerds
9. An Agent of STEAM
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson

  1. Black Superheroes
    https://www.facebook.com/events/244794949186578/
    11. Black Girls Run
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsRUNJacksonville/
    12. Black Girls Do Bike
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsDoBikeJacksonville/
    13. Girls Rock in Jacksonville
    https://www.facebook.com/girlsrockjax/
    14. Black Girl Movement
    https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlMovement/

 

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/the-adventures-of-moxie-girl/
Taylor Richardson a Success Story in STEM
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/taylor-richardson-a-success-story-in-stem/

 

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How important are mothers to their daughters and the choices they
make in life?

 

 

November 8, 2014

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging
Part One
by William Jackson, Prof. Edward Waters College
Historically Black College and University

There are many writers, poets, storytellers and
intellectuals that create and share diverse content.
The content motivates, encourages, engages,
educates and shows that African Americans
have intellectual abilities that greatly surpass
entertainment and sports.
Education; the key to economic and political
growth allows for opportunities in the careers
that African Americans in the past have been
denied because they were not qualified,
certified and skilled enough.

The growth of the Internet has allowed millions
of youth, teens and young adults the chance
to express themselves through the diverse
writing talents that they have and can cultivate
within them. The events of the media are quick
to report breaking stories, but what comes
into question is the validity and accuracy of news
reports and the stereotypical language, linguistically
created coding and cultural references that
border on racism and typecasting.

The development of the Internet has allowed
content to be created on the spot to share accurate
and pinpoint information about rapidly changing
events. The recent Ferguson protests showed the
flexibility and at times unreliability of news reports,
but the “person on the spot” has a valid purpose
in showing what is happening real time through
Social Media tools that transmitted real time events.

Communities are portrayed in multiple ways that
either promote positive events or negativity in
actions and behaviors by it residents. This leads
to HBCU courses in Broadcast Journalism, Mass
Communications, and other courses of study that
dive into news events and content creation.
Sometimes the humanity of a story is not portrayed
when using Social Media to share events, the humanity
or personal side of a story should be included.

HBCU students that are studying areas of communication
must understand that their views and opinions may not
be in line with that of the main stream media, because
of this they must learn how to code switch to show
events as unbiased and neutral. HBCU colleges and
universities have a responsibility to speak their voices,
voices that are critical and should never be silenced because
historically they still represent African American communities.
HBCU’s should not allow anyone to define them or
define the AA community even those without formal
education. Education should not divide us, education
and learning can unite us and bond us. Preventing
inter-cultural segregation from happening by nurturing
future journalist that can tell the stories needed to be told
about the African American community in the light of truth.
This blog is about “Building HBCU Intellect Through
Blogging” because blogging is not confined to one tool or
platform. HBCU students need to learn how to Vblog,
Podcast, Microblog, develop E-books, develop interview
strategies, articulate for public speaking and develop
research skills. I’m saddened that when I present myself
a graduate of an HBCU and offer to speak at HBCU schools
on Social Media platforms, tools and using it to promote,
market and brand many seem uninterested or think this
discussion is not needed.

HBCU students must have a passion for writing and have
an answer to why they write. The journalist Samira Sawlani
(UK based writer) has stated “whether you are a writer, a
journalist or a reader, why do you write? Why do you read?”
these should be answered with a personal passion.
Professor Chinua Achebe, revered ‘The grandfather of
African literature’ is an“aide memoire” of the influence of
the writer, the writer has the ability to transcend borders and
fight the status quo. HBCU students whether independent
writers (freelance) or associated with a news agency can
break the traditional ideas and ideologies of culture and
color. Achebe spoke the language of courage and literature.

HBCU students must write to effect positive change and not
write for just monetary rewards. Their passion must show
through first and the praises will come later.
Achebe felt as published in the Paris Review quoted, “My position
is that serious and good art has always existed to help, to serve
humanity.” As a blogger and educator in elementary and
at an HBCU my “craft and ability” are to show my passion to
serve humanity and God. This is my personal mission:
as my blog is titled: My Quest to Teach

As a professor at an HBCU I see the need to teach writing/
blogging to my students and encourage writing to all students.
Diverse careers, multiple productivity tools, integration of
Social Media tools and platforms all work to create and
share content.
The world relies on information, data, statistical analysis and
the flexibility of wireless and portable devices to access and
share information. Students need to learn how to manipulate
devices and how to use them to create content that leaves no
room for stereotypes.
African Americans cannot continue to allow traditional media
to define them. Media is answering the questions that African
Americans
ask ‘Who creates us?’ it’s as if our cultural self
worth and history is dictated by outsiders. In America, African
Americans must learn to use the tools that other cultures use
to share information.

Chinua Achebe and others that embrace writing and blogging
show that these are powerful tools. The HBCU students of today
must understand just as Achebe, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes,
James Baldwin and others that writing is a moral obligation.
This obligation can be an act of political and economic warfare
by sharing content that is empowering and engaging on the issues
that affect American communities nationwide. African American
issues may be ignored by traditional media, African Americans
must sit down and talk about problems and internal challenges
to effect positive change.

In conclusion HBCU students should be required to start and
maintain a viable Blog and even have a Vblog and Microblog
to share information that highlights African Americans
achievements, successes and accomplishments. Others are
writing about US leaving to wonder are too many still caught
in the intellectual slavery of embarrassment being Blacks?

HBCU students are encouraged to read the works of Achebe.
In his novel “Anthills of the Savannah”; Achebe wrote,
“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control,
they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human
spirit in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the
university or wherever.”

Lessons can be learned by HBCU students from the writers and
journalists of today; the power of the pen should be used to defy
injustices and preserve our histories. HBCU students need to
start writing and blogging to share their stories.
‘Who tells your story?’

November 6, 2014

FIRE and ICE: MOTHERS and DAUGHTERS

FIRE and ICE: MOTHERS and DAUGHTERS

A poem dedicated to the relationships of mothers and daughters and
supporting the Mothers and Daughters Conference……

A mothers and daughters relationship is sometimes like fire and
ice, being a father I cannot fully understand the compassion and
love that mothers and daughters have for each other. One minute
cold as ice the next minute hot, combustible, and even explosive.
Remembering my sister and our mother was a mystery to me how
they did not destroy home and property, the changes of this
relationship centered on my mother with the wisdom of life and
experience, my sister the volatility and explosion of youth, lacking
in discipline, but still embracing the love of a mother for that
protection and nurturing. I was told mothers and daughters
around the world were like this. I could only dread and shiver at
the thought.

The Stress of Life

Oil and water separated by chemical solutions, mothers and
daughters sometimes a volatile mixture of emotions,
similar to oil and water, in the same space, but not making a
connection, each demanding recognition and respect for the
area they work to make their own.

Their chemistry similar, but yet different, one stable in their
maturity and roles the other growing and developing not
understanding their potential and combustibility to consume
space and time.

Fathers can only watch as mothers and daughters share
a bond, one a woman the other developing into one. One
settled into her role as a nurturer, provider, and filled with
wisdom with multiple tasks the other struggling to understand
her place in this world, confused by a mixture of hormones,
chemicals and physical changes that challenge her senses and
need for independence, but still having to rely on the older,
wiser and experienced one that looks like her and knows her
better than she knows herself.

The love a mother and daughter has for each other can change
like the conditions of the atmosphere, one moment calm devoid
of the stresses of temperature changes the next moment
temperature changes that create a flood storm of emotional
chaos and confusion. This flood creating a storm of historical
magnitude that can carry into months and years of emotional
and psychological turmoil. The dissolving storm can create a
new mixture of love, respect and personal growth. Mother
and daughter understanding that the space they create is
self imposed, but neither can live without the other.

Mothers and daughters share an intimate sisterhood, that will
last a lifetime and even beyond the calling of passing. Once they
shared a body, a mixture of nutrients that allowed cells to grow,
to merge and expand. From the moment of conception mothers
have a bond that is unbroken and unbendable through the years
with their daughters. A spiritual bonding that transcends science
and understanding.
Mothers and Daughters Fire and Ice

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