Category Archives: Education

Books for Ferguson!

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Since the murder of Michael Brown, it is clear that Ferguson, Missouri has been the civil war zone of the United States. The world is watching this town become the tear-gassing, car blowing, protesting community that is not only fighting against police brutality, racial profiling, and racism, but a loss of a Black young familiar face in Ferguson. A sense of community is not only building in the organizers in this newly proclaimed movement, but a sense of community is also rising in the Ferguson library and the fate of the small Black children there.
In the midst of the movement, Ferguson’s library has been receiving large amounts of donations from donors around the world. This week, the library topped a stunning $350,000 worth of monetary donations and gifts since the grand jury decision!

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It is very interesting to witness this investment in the library of Ferguson. Understanding how powerful education is to the community, especially during the beginning of a movement against racism and police brutality, will only instill the proper intellectual foundation for children to understand the world better. We are soo excited for the scholastic future of the children in Ferguson!

 

 
Check out the full story here:

http://m.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/ferguson-book-gifts-grow-library-donations-over/article_e615d477-e5ef-5914-a654-262b9e35cf8b.html?mobile_touch=true

 

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Changes to the SAT’s… Do we REALLY care?

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As you may have heard, College Board made some changes to the SAT’s, a collegiate exam that measures your level of knowledge in order to get into college. These changes were implemented to lessen the harshness of the test, along with assisting low-income students to actually take the SAT’s.

After Obama’s initiative to allow low-income students a better opportunity to apply to colleges and universities, College Board planned to change “minor things” that will help the administration reach that goal. Aspects like changing the essay portion as optional, revamping the scale to 2400, eliminating “obscure” vocabulary words, and shortening the exam will allow students a better opportunity to get a higher score on the exam. 

I say all of that to say this: Will these changes help young African American scholars get into better schools? Will these “new changes” appeal more to underprivileged children that do not nearly understand vocabulary and directions that are asked of them? Can our children’s intelligence be measured by a generic test that doesn’t prove anything? The world may never know. Instead of worrying about changes to this bogus test, lets change the system of allowing a test determine our children’s future. 

A Student’s Survival Guide…

School is here to stay for another nine months, and although everyone has the “focused, get good grades” trend in the beginning of the school year, what can you really do to stay consistent throughout the semester?

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Even us as college students struggle with balancing all of the things that we need to do (friends, family, work, extracurricular activities, AfroMadu, etc.) along with keeping of schoolwork up to par. Being consistent, in itself, is a super hard concept to tackle. But no worries, AfroMadu has some tips to keep you track this school year. 

1. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN! the notion of literally looking at  the things you need to get done and understanding the importance of why it needs to get done, serves a great purpose in staying consistent with academic work. Investing in a thorough planner and writing down assignments, activities day and even long term and short term goals gives you a better understanding of what you need to do, along with mapping your days, weeks and months out effectively. 

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2. TIME MANAGEMENT. Keeping track of all the things you do each day and making sure that the day is productive is EXTREMELY hard. But understanding that time is SUPER precious and procrastination will win the battle if time is not used correctly, can potentially kill your consistency goal and harm your school semester. Think of your typical school day: what activities and leisure hobbies are more time consuming than others? Are there any activities that can be shortened or monitored to get some extra study time or reading in? Reevaluating your time and closing the lazy gaps will strengthen your consistency! 

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3. ASK FOR HELP! Although us students may feel that we can handle everything that life throws us, asking for help is not gonna cause us to melt. Finding strategies to partner up in studying and asking professors for better explanations on subject matters can lighten up our stress and even understand curriculum better. This only gives us a better foot in the door and keeps material significant in our mind. Asking for help from professors and professionals can also land you a great space  to share your future dreams and career goals with. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! 

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4.  HAVE FUN! There’s no reason why you can’t have a good time and keep track of your studies! Making sure that you aren’t so sucked into academics and actually find time to hang out with friends, relax your brain, and spend time on those leisure activities that you love. That only makes school and work more enjoyable to complete. Have fun! 

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5. STAY FIT AND HEALTHY! Maintaining a fit diet and healthy workout schedule is also vital to what you produce in the classroom. Little things like drinking water everyday, along with getting a good workout will benefit your academics. Studies have shown that students who are have a regular workout routine and healthy diet produce better grades in the classroom. Take advantage of working out now! 

 

Just a few tips to survive this school semester. Finding whats essentially right for your lifestyle can be conducive to obtaining a successful semester.  Good luck students! 

The Rise of Black Intellects

Through struggle, you build character. Not only do you build character but you end up finding others that are in the same struggle that can help get you through…

Becoming older and being more conscious about the world around me, I am starting to realize the amount of people, preferably young adults, that are on the same path of consciousness that I am. Along with the positivity, I begin to look at the negative, RATCHET, inappropriateness that is leading the Black community in its downfall beginning with our youth.

Not only are people beginning to take a stand and ignore things like TV shows that exploit African Americans, or the framing and shaping of the stereotypical Black person, but we are teaching and and talking about the REAL issues… and whats REALLY going on.

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Granted, we are not as radical as our great leaders in the 60’s, but i must argue that we are getting there. 

The rise of Black intellects will be the revolution. Not only will folks become conscious and informed about issues, but sharing knowledge and building leaders will be a trend.

We are getting closer to our liberation, I feel it coming.

-Cin.

Talk about a Scandal!

Its been proven in many studies that standardized testing is not as effective as people think. Especially with our African-American children and poor education systems, African AMerican american children actually end up LOOSING more than their counterparts because of this testing system. Here is an article TIME released about Testing scandals!

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One of the biggest ironies of the Atlanta public schools testing scandal — in which 35 educators have been indicted on racketeering, theft and corruption charges for artificially inflating students’ test results — is that the faked scores prevented some schools from accessing three quarters of a million dollars in federal money to support struggling learners because they no longer qualified for help. The impact on individual children was devastating. One mother quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described her fruitless search for reading support for her 9-year-old daughter, who was performing at the bottom of her reading group. The child’s phony test score showed improvement, so now, in high school, she reads only at a fifth-grade level.

Superintendent Erroll B. Davis has called for mandatory ethics training for all staff and increased security measures, such as “locked safe rooms, tighter chains of custody and clearer test protocols to prevent improprieties and tampering.” Schools with…

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