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

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.


“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.


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.


“The Talk” with your kids:  how to make sure your  child comes home.


August 31, 2016

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child
by William Jackson, M.Ed.


This is a new school year and Donald Trump has
made very demeaning comments, he has “challenged”
people of color and culture in their behaviors, actions
and raising their families. He has said people of color
and culture are poor, uneducated and unemployable.

The best way to battle this is through educating
our children and future generations. Reading,
literacy, comprehension and a love of learning
are valuable to children of color and culture.
Having parents that are involved and engaged
just as equally important.

I’m sharing a list of books that I hope are
encouraging and worth sharing.
The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising boys
in this society. Encourage reading in your home,
encourage academics in your home and encourage
positive behaviors and working to success.

Please share this list with others that are working hard
in raising youth, teens and young adults to be men.

These are just resources, I do not personally endorse
any just providing a resource for help as a teacher
and a parent.

There are no pictures because I hope you and your
children will be inspired to research them together to
find the best fit for them to read. Not every book
fits every child, but there are books for every child.

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Mixed Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Chocolate Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs  (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman

Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American Boys in American Classrooms
by Michael Porter

Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit

Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of
Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher

Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden


Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me)
September 1, 2002 by Lisa Bullard  (Author),
Brandon Reibeling (Illustrator)

Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books
(Orchard) September 1, 2000
by Angela Johnson  (Author), Rhonda Mitchell

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from
the Underground Railroad Hardcover
January 1, 2007 by Ellen Levine  (Author),
Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X Hardcover
January 7, 2014 by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Author),
AG Ford (Illustrator)


I Love My Hair! Board book
November, 2003 by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

I Like Myself! Hardcover  May 1, 2004
by Karen Beaumont  (Author),
David Catrow (Illustrator)

Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams

Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir

Strength for Their Journey:
5 Essential Disciplines African-American
Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford

Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive
and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson
Davis, Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise
and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack

The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril
by Kevin Merida

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
Young Men by Leonard Sax

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
and A. J. Franklin

101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson

June 30, 2015

Lecrae; Christian Rapper and Blogging While Brown Interview

Lecrae and Blogging While Brown

Lecrae with educators and bloggers Maxine and William

2 time Grammy winner making his first appearance at Blogging While Brown
in Austin, Texas. #BWBATX participated in an interactive discussion on his
Christian faith, importance of family values, his philosophy on life,
sharing his message through Social Media platforms and being an entertainer.

The integration of technology has grown in connectivity and digital presence
over the years; ministries, churches and faith based entities are finding
that the use of technology to spread, share and engage on a digital level has a
profound effect in spreading the message of the #Gospel.

Technology allows for a wider audience to be reached and expands the
opportunity for mass communication on multiple platforms. To encourage the
growth of ministry youth, teens and young adults must be involved in the ministry
and learn about the ministry, their place in it and their responsibility to continue
the ministry.

Incorporating technology and the diverse platforms of Social Media encourages
new forms of connectivity. The influences of Artists like Lecrae represent a positive
aspect of ministry that draws youth in the direction of embracing a Christian life.
The goals of Christians as with the ministry that I follow (Church of Christ) is to go
out in the world and share the #Gospel. Not to change the scripture in any way,
to share the love of our Lord. Working to “Save Souls and Keep Souls Saved,” so
that the ministry will grow and the Kingdom of God expands.

Sharing the Word of God with everyone is the “Great Commission”
Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
all Christians have a responsibility to share their faith through the #Gospel
and the love of God that he has for each of us.


Lecrae during his interview shares the dynamic aspects of using technology to
spread a message of love, peace, unity and uniting as a people and a faith.
From the introduction Lecrae is a young man of faith and family, sharing
his Christian believe. In Part One and Two of my video he shares how publically
using technology and integrating Social Media helps to spread information to
make a positive impact. This impact is far reaching because of the powerful
tools that connect dynamic platforms of social engagement.
In Part Three the evolution of technology and speed of connectivity is discussed
in how tech allows for the sharing of a message to the youth who are looking for
acceptance, patience and their place.

Part Four emphasizes that faith based communities need to use technology
to stay relevant with the youth, youth, teens and young adults are looking
to be included in the #Gospel, they need a direction and feel that they are
valuable and important. In the blog Church of Christ and Social Media
(my message of how to integrate technology in ministry) there is a plan
and a purpose in how to use technology and Social Media to share and invite
youth to ministry and the responsibility of leadership to work together.

Part 5 my question of how to promote youth to be involved in the growth of
the ministry. It is vital that youth be nurtured, taught, involved in the ministry
of churches. Youth must be included in the service where teaching and
doing create a connection for learning and growing.

The conclusion of this discussion “Digital Missionary Fields,” referenced
to each platform is a tool that can share the message through Social Media.
Knowledge is power and applied knowledge is powerful, so applying Social
Media is a powerful tool that spreads to hundreds and thousands.
Messages go viral now that travel multiple distances with profound
influences. Technology cannot be denied nor can it be ignored.

Blogging While Brown:
Web Site: http://

Church of Christ and Social Media:

LeCrae: Resources
Twitter: ‏@lecrae
Web site:

Part 1 Lecrae Introduction

Part 2 Publicity using Social Media

Part 3 Evolution of Technology

Part 4 Faith based community…….

Part 6 “Digital Missionary Fields”

Reaching Youth In Ministry – Growing In Your Faith

April 8, 2015

Parents Can ISIS Manipulate Your Children On Social Media

Parents Can ISIS Manipulate Your Children On Social Media
by William Jackson – Instructor Edward Waters College

The United States of America has the most sophisticated and
technological armed forces in the world, the integration of
Social Media has created another danger to our safety as a
nation. Missiles, bombs, Smart-weapons and bullets are
ineffective to keystrokes and Social Media protocols that are
digitally created.
The growing battlefield between the United States and the
Islamic State (ISIS). American’s are being recruited, threatened,
and stalked by extremists outside of our borders and maybe within
waiting to attack. American service men and women are being
identified by their Social Media content creating a potential
physical and digital battlefield.

Social Media platforms are dynamic tools that allow for
instantaneous connectivity using high speed data lines that
connect networks, the use of satellites, fiber optics serves as
the backbone to the Internet, homes and apartments are using
DSL – digital subscriber line technology, and other technical
pieces are digitally making the world smaller.
Because of the power of these transformative tools, world
events arrive quickly to our homes, offices, businesses,
educational institutions and even places of worship that have
Internet access and wireless digital devices.

The practice of spreading propaganda, misinformation, counter
intelligence and even recruitment has changed from the decades
of old leaflets dropped from airplanes and radio programs that
encourage defection to Social Media platforms that are interactive
and engaging. These efforts are not new, data has shown these
recruitment efforts have been dated back to 2013.
It is hard to say how effective Social Media is, there are over 100
Americans engaged in Syria and Iraq conflicts. In 2014 there were
five (5) Americans arrested on terrorist charges, those caught
were attempting to join ISIS or other groups. The broad spectrum
of places from Colorado, Texas, California and North Carolina
shows that Social Media has some success in recruiting.

The sophistication of these organizations and intelligence
of implementation of Social Media must be a reminder that terrorists
can spread their doctrine globally. That being made a fact parents
must examine the content their children are downloading:
magazines, videos, brochures, and podcasts, need to be
examined for potential dangerous content.

William Jackson, Instructor – Educational Technology

As an Educational Technology instructor at an HBCU, more foreign
students are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
This is not to say HBCU’s are targeted, all higher educational institutions
need to be cautious about who is seeking to enroll in their schools
from foreign lands. Twitter serves as a flexible platform because
accounts can be quickly erected even after one is shutdown. Twitter
can be troublesome to identify users, they are able to conceal their
identities more effectively than on other social networking sites.
Languages is not a deterrent because Twitter is in Arabic and other
languages. Media outlets of Al-Hayat, Al-Medrar, Al-Battar and others
spread messages in a variety of languages (“Hashtag Terror 2014”).

“ISIS’s sophisticated use of social media – a blueprint that will likely be
copied and expanded upon by other terrorist groups as well – serves
as a stark reminder of the role social media plays for terrorists around
the world” (“Hashtag Terror 2014”). Media supporters are often active
in a variety of languages and on a variety of platforms, including Twitter,
Facebook, Instagram, and the question and answer services that
teens and young adults access like Ask.FM.
Resources have been known to connect people to questionable groups.
Smartphone users can sign up for an app for Android through Google
Play as a way of receiving information from ISIS. Obviously I’m not
going to share the name because I support American interests and
love my country.

The integration of HashTags is found to be effective in sharing information,
overwhelming and invasive at times, technology is being manipulated
in directions not thought of when the Internet became a visual element.
ISIS encourages tweets of “active hashtags,” or hashtags that are trending.
Tweeting ISIS messages with popular hashtags so that people searching
for those hashtags will inadvertently come across pro-ISIS posts.
Parents are the first deterrents to radical or violent groups, monitor your
child’s access. Talk to them about potential threats and share with them
information that could save lives. The threats are real: parents reinforce
your expectations for the safety of your families. The boldness of groups
like ISIS is that disseminated information has various other statements
attacking the U.S. via social media.

In conclusion one of the attempts is to clarify the honor and search for
“shahada” or martyrdom. This erroneously gives glory to death, altering
the sense of morality and humanity for young people desiring to join
ISIS looking for recognition and notoriety. This propaganda shows
graphic imagery and a willingness to take life based on religious or
political doctrine. The Islamic State and other groups have been around
before 2003, the U.S. State Department was aware of these groups
even under the Bush administration, no efforts were made to stop their
growth. Social Media is being used as a tool to expand the works of chaos,
death, and violence. Parents be aware of what is coming into your homes
through Social Media platforms your children or family members maybe using.

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