My Quest To Teach

January 27, 2017

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In The Future

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In  The Future
by William Jackson

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Congratulations to Latanya Richardson and her daughter
Taylor Richardson for the success of showing Hidden
Figures in Jacksonville, Florida to over 200 girls.
The awesome story of how African American women
helped NASA to put astronauts into space and bring
them back to earth.
Girls and women from around Jacksonville, Florida
attended representing groups and schools from
around the city. As a teacher I had the honor to bring
several students from Venetia Elementary School a
Medical Magnet STEM that teaches grade K to 5th 
and
a Lee High School student. My only regret is
that I could not bring more.

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The emotional and psychological inspiration of
this movie demands to ask what is next to keep
the seriousness and the historical value of this
movie moving forward. STEM and STEAM that
are being applied in the educational cultures of
schools is seen as not only career necessary, but
has scientific, business and commerce influences
in this country and on a global scale.
The movie brilliantly showed not just the struggles
of women in the NASA Space Program, but showed
the value and application of their education.
The reason why educational degrees are important,
the value of visiting the library to learn new things
and applying them to real world situations, and the
personal responsibility to prepare for the future.

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There were many scenes where the women were called
“computers” as their analytical abilities where recognized,
but only later were they respected after showing and
demanding equality through leadership opportunities and
promotions that were withheld only because of their color.
Working with many types of math and integrating
mathematical equations that sometimes had to be created.
This shows that girls and women have the skill sets and
analytical abilities to function in complex and STEAM
areas that demand creativity and innovation.

Hidden Figures addressed several civil rights issues in the
areas of political and educational equality that in some cases
are still being addressed for Black
s, Hispanics and others of
color,
the struggle still continues and there
have been many successes.

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Girls and women will take away many lessons from the
movie and see how history was changed not just by
protests, by going to school to earn advanced degrees,
learning the laws of the nation, how to speak properly
without using profanity, the importance of family unity
and support and setting goals that everyone works towards.

Another important key is to carry or act like there is
self-pride, cultural respect and intelligence.
 A key lesson
shared is that children  
learned early that education is
the ticket to a better life even when there are
struggles
and
challenges to be overcome.

Even seeing the implementation of “new” technologies
at the time when early computers where not as easy to
use, but there was continued learning in programming
languages that demanded studying and forward thinking.
The movement to gaining educational parity and equality
is a great value for boys and girls of color, this movie is
worth seeing again and applied to the learning initiatives
in all schools to allow students to see the why they
need to be serious about their education and the vision
for their dreams of success.

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Seeing the new IBM computers being used, but it
took a woman to learn the programming language to
make it work sends a message that women are as smart
and intelligent as men, even if those men are Black
or white.
There are no barriers than can stop girls and women
from gaining l
eadership skill-sets and applying the
intelligence to make positive and historical changes.
Parents, mothers, fathers, and grandparents if you
have not seen Hidden Figures take your children and
other children if possible to see this movie that not
only shows the historical application of education
and cultural  pride and respect, that gender is not
a liability
, color is not a curse, there is a blending of
historical successes and  global influence.

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Hidden Figures opens the mind’s eye that anything is
possible, t
hat dreams can be achieved, and intelligence
is Dope and Lit.
What is next is up to parents, schools, churches and
communities to support children, youth and teens.
Time will tell, graduations rates from high school
and college will tell and the growing number of girls
and boys of co
lor in  STEM careers will tell.

 

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October 12, 2016

Social Media Sex and Daughters

Social Media Sex and Daughters
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Speaker
Community Activist  #MyQuestToTeach

“Fathers if you fail to teach your daughters
the value of their bodies, the awesome
mental capabilities that make them smart
creatives and thought leaders, helping your
daughters to understand their personal sexuality
and seeing their value based on their talents and
abilities not sex. If you fail to teach as fathers,
you may be committing a travesty with life-long
consequences.” William Jackson

As a parent, educator and heavily involved in
Social Media I see the elements of Social Media
Sexting, mental and sexual manipulation, sexual
bullying and self-destruction. Girls and women
must understand that just because you can post
hundreds of “selfies” and “sexties” does not
mean you do so.

Telling your story through your digital content should
come with the knowledge that people will see what
you create and judge you based on the creativity and
innovation you show. This creativity should be done
with wisdom, purpose and common sense.  Parents
make dangerous mistakes by letting their children
have free reign of the Internet without behavioral
expectations and rules. The World Wide Web
can be the Wild Wild West with content that can
range free either on the extreme Left or Right.

There are communities that are represented on
platforms that allow the diversity of the human
mind create places that are comforting and at
the same time can cause the soul to shiver.
Girls especially are attracted to the chance to
“show” themselves beyond their “personalities.”
#ShirleyChisholm
“I’ am, was always will be a catalyst for change”
but that change must be positive and productive.

This blog “Social Media Sex and Daughters” shares
the value of parenting when girls are young and
impressionable, they do not understand the value
to share that they are more than their bodies. There
is more to girls than a size, color, a shape, cleavage,
or how sexy they can look. Perceptions are dangerous
in the digital age. Fathers must be sure to teach their
daughters the “tricks” of the game boys will use to get
into their daughters __________.

A father has a responsibility not to scare their daughters,
but to educate them on sex and sexuality. Mothers count,
but they are not men.  Daughters cannot afford to learn
from their friends either boys or girls to protect their
“pocketbooks” as the senior women like to reference.
What is private, is private and should be protected….

Social Media provides wonderful networking, and
communication opportunities, girls and women are
participating in coding – Black Girls Code, learning
how to use tech to be entrepreneurs while attending
conferences like Blogging While Brown, networking
in groups like Black Girls Rock, learning socialization
skills in groups like  Girls Inc, Journey Into Womanhood
Empowerment Resources (Jacksonville, Florida) and
Black Girls Book Club.

The online development of collaboration and connectivity
grows to help girls grow cognitively and raise their
self-esteems and self-respect. No longer do girls and
women say tech is just for boys and men, girls
and women are coding, creating dynamic content,
writing books, managing publishing companies. Girls
are thought leaders, and entrepreneurs, Black girls
can proudly claim their BLERD and Geek profiles.
African girls and women are growing into AfiBlerds
and AfriGeeks proudly earning degrees, they are
owning businesses like Anie Akpe, CEO/Publisher
of http://innov8tiv.com/

My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters “All Black girls
matter whether they’re dark skin, light skin, brown
skin, mixed, hood, nerdy, preppy, loud, quiet or ratchet.”

Business opportunities are increasing so girls and
women should not focus on their body image they
should focus on their Brand and the Marketing aspects.
Women are networking, they are serving on boards,
in committees, forming nonprofits, and educational
initiatives.
Their Brands are worth more than gold, it is the
foundation of their existence and should always be
treated respectfully.
Girls like Jacksonville’s Taylor Richardson and
Natalie McGriff and others are inspiring other
girls to grasp hold of their dreams and grow wings
to fly beyond societal limitations and
exceed expectations no matter color and culture.

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Fathers must have those conversations about
pride, hard work, dignity, trust, ethics, morals
and values. Parents must monitor their daughter’s
online activities, not out of fear, but to preserve
reputations and the developing Brands of the
future. It must be taught that, ”sex is a
temporary physical manifestation of temporary
pleasure that if unchecked can be dangerous and
self-destructive.”

Social Media is shaping the way girls and women
are viewing themselves and interacting with
each other. “There are generations coming up
that will not know a time without being connected.
” William Jackson, Edward Waters College 2016

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Advertisers know this and will market “sexulization
of girls” through advertising. Talking about sex
and sexuality should be a discussion not a scare
tactic. Parents should share
the reality of pornography, it is not the sensual
event of dreams; it can be violent, degrading and
demeaning.
Girls and women will not get cultural and educational
validation by having multiple sexual partners. The
marketing aspect too look hot, be popular, risque,
sexy, vulnerable/aggressive, girls of color and
culture are not presented in positive situations
when it comes to sex like their white counterparts.

Parents of all colors and culture start early and
have conversations so girls feel comfortable,
confident in who they are and where
they are going in life. Parents talk to your daughters
as they mature, have honest and tough discussions.
Before any girl or young woman gets into bed with
anyone, even in alternative lifestyle’s they need
to get into that persons head first to make sure
they are not making a mistake that will curse them
through adult life.
A girl’s reputation can be destroyed with a single
video, a single picture posted online and even a flash
of experimentation. Put your value ahead of being
popular, being seen as sexy and been just seen as
who you are and what your aspiring to be.

Girls are growing into not just Black Girl Magic or
Women Magic, but Awesome Women of Magic.

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Black Girl Magic and Women Magic Resources:
Jalesa Ann @jalesaann
Anie Akpe @AnieAkpe
Fran Siracusa @ProfeEdTech
Melanin Mamis @melaninmamis
#EduMatch @edu_match
Michelle @Michell49246814
Ashley Hill @prepforcollege
#EdWalk 4 CFE @zansari8
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Black Girls Book Club @bg_bookclub
Bess Auer @Bess_Auer
Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
Rusul الربيعي @RusulAlrubail
Barbara KV Johnson @DrBKVJ
Rachel Vitti @rachelvitti
Tara Reed @TaraReed_
Jennifer Williams @JenWilliamsEdu
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Valerie Lewis @iamvlewis
Jedidah Isler, PhD @JedidahIslerPhD
Gina Humber @ghumber720
Melissa Ross @MelissainJax
Ale’ta Turner @AletaTurner
Sherry Smith Gray @sherisaid
Soumya @SoumyaNukala
Deena Pierott @deenapierott
SocaMom® @SocaMomDC
Empowerment Resources @EmpowermentJax
Ronique Gibson @stagetecture
Coach Jeanna Brown @CoachJeanna
Hey Black Girl @Hey_BlackGirl
PASSION4CHRIST @p4cToyaG
Mickee Brown @MickeeBrown
Black Bloggers Connect @JoinBBC
My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters
Danyelle Little @TheCubicleChick
Asktnd @asktnd
FLBlogCon @FLBlogCon
Ivy Box™ @MsIvyBox
Blogging Black Miami @blogblackmiami
Brown Girls Unite @BGU_Official
Tracee Ellis Ross @TraceeEllisRoss
Marcie Hill @Marcie_Hill
Sheena White @sheenamwhite
Sea World Mommy @SeaWorldMommy
Sili @MyMamihood
Blogger Week @BloggerWeek
African Women In Tech @AfricanWIT

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My daughter and I years ago in Palatka, Florida

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/

 

decisions

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

 

 

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