My Quest To Teach

August 11, 2016

R, W and A: African Americans Get It Together

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: African Americans Get It Together
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker
Community Activist, Mentor

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Children, youth and teens embrace the diversity and
creative characteristics of STEM and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases, and extension of
their views in society. It is wonderful to see a teen
excited about reading, writing and the process of
arithmetic, these are the areas that promote career
readiness.
Through the results of slavery, past and present and
colonization African Americans have been lead in ways
that have created separation and confusion within
themselves and within their communities.

What needs to be changed is the value and empowerment
of education in the African American community.
Education starts at home, the appreciation of learning
should start a birth when parents are reading to their
infants and toddlers as they grow.

African American children need to learn more about
themselves and their history. How will they know where
they are going if they do not know where they came from.
**Colonization has efficiently destroyed African American
children’s desire to learn their heritage in America and
their past. Those born during the 90’s and after seem to
have no desire to learn or to encourage their children
to study the past related to Africa.

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African American children need to learn about diversity
and how it will affect their future in education and
employment. We live in a global economy so children
of color and culture need to be prepared.
**Too many times you hear African American children
share who or what they do not like, who they don’t want
to be near. This sets them up for failure as the diversity
of the work place increases.
**We are in a global economy and African American
children will have to work with people from all backgrounds.
If they cannot adapt and accept this they will struggle with
their identities and acceptance of others.

African American children need to see their family go to
work. They need to see people of color and culture get
up early and prepare themselves for the day’s business
of working to accomplish a goal.
**When you hear that African American children refuse
to get up and go to school or teens complain about getting
up to go find work this sets them up for failure and struggle.
That places a burden on their families as well because they
have to take care of children that were not given an
incentive to work for their wellbeing.

African American children that are not disciplined in the
value of education and the value of work grow up to
be lazy African American children and lazy African
American adults.
**One of the burdens of African American
parents is to raise children that do not see the value
of education and the value of preparation for
employment. Too many children of color and
culture are losing their values and parents are
not teaching survival skills.
**Children of color and culture must be taught
early to value being educated and starting their
careers to improve their lives away from home.
**Parents have to teach their children how to live
away from home.

African American children must be provided role
models of success to be successful themselves and
have a visual representation of what success is.
**Children must see success to model certain
behaviors of success.
**African American children must be taught the
terminology of success. If they want to be doctors,
learn to speak like doctors.

African American children need to be taught the
benefits of a routine, to be consistent and have
organization, responsibility and accountability.
**Before getting out on their own children of
color and culture often face challenges that
come from not being taught to be responsible
and accountable for their actions and behaviors.
**Parents need to expose their children to events,
activities, venues and places of diversity and
intellectual development.

African American children need to understand
information can be passed down from generation
to generation. Parents sometimes
forget they are their children’s role models.
**Children will do as their parents do and not
even realize it.
**When a child of color and culture does not feel
connected to their parents and their past they stray
at times to find their identities and role models they
connect with.  The danger is when they disconnect
from their cultural identity to find one that is not
welcoming to their mental and spiritual growth.

African Americans children never need to feel inferior
to another culture or of another race.
**Parent of children of color and culture need to
take the time to teach and share the value of the past
to African American children. Studying the great
history of Africa and their contributions to the world.
**Too many children of color and culture deny the
darker color members of their culture because
colonization and slavery have brain washed them
into thinking that lighter skinned people are better.

African American parents need to monitor what their
children are watching and listening to so they
may intervene when negative images are shown.
**The media displays people of color and culture
as irresponsible, lazy and dangerous. Many times media
will use people of color and culture when it is beneficial
to their needs.
**African American parents need to analyze where
their children are getting their information from
about them and show them the truth.

African American parents need to explain violent
images shared on television that those images
are not true images of people of color and culture.
**Images from Empire and other entertainment
are not true representations of people of color and
culture.
**Images from violent movies and television are
sending the wrong messages that failure is to be
expected from people of color.
**The media shows other people being successful,
happy and children are blessed and happy.
*In media; music, movies and stories, children of
color and culture are always poor and guilty.

African American parents need to set a foundation
of structure for education and career planning.
**Those children with structure and have a plan
meet with less confusion and less stress than those
who travel through life without a plan and no structure.
**Setting a tone for structure comes with personal
discipline and responsibility. There is a time to study,
a time to work, a time to prepare, a time to follow
and a time to lead.

African American children need to be taught “why”
they are charged to do things. Each generation is
different and exposure to dangers that were not
a problem just years ago.
**Parents must not give up, they must steer children
in the right direction.

African American parents must teach their children
about the value of worship, not just what worship
is, but the importance of study and building a
personal relationship.
**There is a fire and passion children of color
and culture must have for worship. It must be
taught why they attend church, not why you have
to go to church. How to apply what is learned in
worship of real life issues.
**Children of color and culture must be taught
how to create an individual relationship with God
and the value of worship.
**Parents will be held accountable for their
children.

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The value of reading, writing and arithmetic can
be seen in careers that embrace STEM and STEAM.
Parents of color and culture must prepare their
children for learning or they will be left behind,
not because they cannot perform, but because
parents are irresponsible and ignorant to the
value of education.

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July 20, 2016

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Call Me Mister Instructor and Advisor
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!”

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William Jackson
william.jackson@ewc.edu

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Call Me Mister
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July 15, 2016

Part 1 and Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog

Part 1 and Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog
by William Jackson
Edward Waters College
#MyQuestToTeach

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“writers have to recognize the works of the
artist and those of the activist. Creating
content is more than just throwing words,
video, pictures on a digital sheet of paper.
There is serious intellectual thought during
the writing process. Sometimes writing
will be in a zone of creativity and innovation
to create new content that has an intended
outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are unknown.”
William Jackson
National and international Blogger and Speaker

“There is a story I needed to tell”
Chinua Achebe “African Voices”
The writings and interviews of Nigerian writer,
poet, storyteller, academic and parent are
transferable to the art of blogging.

Telling a story is not dependent on the
platform whether it is digital or the
traditional paper platforms. Creating a
story comes from the need to share
information that a person thinks is
important and valuable. There is an effort
to put information down that you feel
will benefit others.

Writers like Achebe from Nigeria, Africa,
even though he has passed are able to
transfere the passion of writing to bloggers
because those that blog share on a platform
that is connected globally. Information is
shared at the speed of thought on platforms
like WordPress/Blogger, Microblogging also
known as Twitter, Pinterest, Podcasting
where content is downloaded to digital
devices and even on audio/video platforms.

Lessons need to be shared with new
generations of bloggers, content creators,
thought leaders, innovators, creatives as
each generation has a story to tell.
Successful “bloggers” which is a term
that is transferable across platforms
should understand the past history of
storytelling and the connection of
embracing personal experiences.

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Time for African Americans and Africans
to tell their stories.
1. African American and African writers
need to understand things need to be
done to help their communities instead
of complaining and using Social Media
to “throw people under the bus.”

2. African American and African writers
need to understand their place in the
world. That they have a responsibility
to tell their story.

3. African American and African writers
need to understand who their inspirations
are. Who infleunces their growth and
share that knowledge.

4. African American and African writers
need to understand if they do not write
truth to life they are creating a “Gap
in the Bookshelf” in the stories of people
of color and culture.

5. African American and African writers
need to understand the importance of
stories of peple of color and culture.
Mainstream media does not show the “best”
of people of color and culture every day.
It is the importance of bloggers of color
and culture that can collectively get the
stories out.

6. African American and African writers
need to understand what picture they are
painting of their culture and their people.

7. African American and African writers
need to understand as Achebe states,
“fiction can be written as true,” by the
reliance on factual elements.

8. African American and African writers
need to understand that in their blogs
resonate with their readers and create
emotion and action.

9. African American and African writers
need to understand the “human story,”
and the “human condition” to feel their
readers.

10. African American and African writers
need to understand that storytelling is
a creative art and a way of influencing
thought and perceptions.

11. African American and African writers
need to understand the importance to stay
connected and grounded to their inspiration.

12. African American and African writers
need to understand it is valuable to be
connected between their research and
personal experiences.

13. African American and African writers
need to understand there is not one way
to share a story. The diversity of Social
Media allow for content to be spread globally
and through divere platforms.

14. African American and African writers
need to understand that diversity in writing
means that bloggers/writers must remain
students of literature.

15. African American and African writers
need to understand that when Chinua Achebe
states, “storytelling is a threat to anyone
in control,” or “seeking to take away control,
the storyteller has a different agenda”
than those in control.

16. African American and African writers
need to understand they cannot afford to be
selfish or self promoting with their talents.
They cannot put themselves ahead of their
readers.

Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog

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Bloggers cannot just sit on their asses,
they need to be involved in their communities,
attending community meetings, volunteering
with youth, teens and young adults. The
way to build an online community is to be
involved in the community. Online
communities have a responsibility to
support offline communities that have a
mission and vision to help youth, teens,
young adults and even elders.

Listed are things bloggers need to
be aware of when building content and
sharing information. From Achebe, Soyinka,
and other writers locally or globally the
skill of storytelling is not easy. The
act or blogging is not always easy because
of the intended outcomes can be varied and
the audiences ability and willingness of
listening and engaging.

African Americans and African Writers
need to blog to tell their stories. No one
else can do that. The history of colonization,
slavery, Civil Rights, Racism, Colorism,
raising children of color and culture all are
stories that need to be told. For to long mass
media has told the false, half truths, lies and
fallacies of African Americans, Africans and
others of color and culture.

17. African American and African writers
need to understand they have a cultural
responsibility to protect their culture
from being mentally colonized and enslaved.

18. African American and African writers
need to understand it is important to
keep a mind open to embrace creativity
and imagination.

19. African American and African writers
need to understand they cannot allow
others to tell one side of a story, nor
create a false story.

20. African American and African writers
need to understand their power in creating
memories through their writing.

21. Chinua Achebe, “I write because I enjoy it.”

22. African American and African writers
need to understand they should be inspiring,
encouraging, and engaging other writers of
color and culture who want to be writers.

23. African American and African writers
need to understand that their volunteering
and speaking to children, teens and young
adults encourages “children to fly,” and
“parents/adults must not keep children
grounded.” Exposure is important to plant
the seeds of knowledge and direction.
Chinua Achebe

24. African American and African writers
need to understand they give voice to the
poor, the powerless and the stricken.

25. African American and African writers
need to understand when participating
in their communities they must have
a passion and intensity to improve their
communities.

26. African American and African writers
need to understand “they need to have an
itch to bring about change.” Chinua Achebe

26. African American and African writers
need to understand, “We have a responsibility
to make our stories known.” Chinua Achebe

27. African American and African writers
need to understand as writers of truth
caution is not getting caught up in
political, religious, cultural and social
agendas and lies.

28. African American and African writers
need to understand in them, “there are
novels waiting to be transformed.”
Chinua Achebe

29. African American and African writers
need to understand the urgency to tell a
story to those that need to be inspired
and uplifted.

30. African American and African writers
need to understand there is power in their
stories.

31. African American and African writers
need to understand they can depict people
of color and culture with dignity and
respect. Mass media shows people of color
as “creatures and things” not the morality
of life and liberty.

32. African American and African writers
need to be careful of the level of their
writings. Not everyone reading will be a
college graduate, in politics, speak
articulately, read as the same level,
or have the same life experiences.

33. African American and African writers
need to understand they should make every
effort worth the effort of writing.

34. Writers should have mentors and
role models to guide them.

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In this world of diversity and culture
bloggers must be careful of their souls,
their morals and values. Their content will
never go away so should be careful and
cautious of how the world perceives them
and their associations.

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