My colleagues and I will be faced with a tall order this year. Last year’s state scores came back and they were less than impressive. I can honestly say that we worked our butts off, but the results do not necessarily reflect that. So where do we go from here?
Coming off of a summer that was turbulent in the way of race relations, not only do we need to empower our students with the skills necessary to succeed in high school, college and beyond, but we also need to reassure our black and brown boys and girls that their lives do matter, in light of the Trayvon Martin verdict.
After 10 years of doing this work, it never gets old. There is still so much to be done. I am excited and hopeful. In two weeks my classroom will be filled with eager minds, ready to be molded and cultivated. Truth be told, I am just as ready. Despite what the numbers say, I am just as eager.
It has been said that the “Achievement Gap” is this generation’s Civil Rights Movement. If that is true, then I want to be part of that great American tradition of freedom fighters, dating back to the American Revolution…Crispus Attucks, Prince Estabrook, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, Dr. King, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.
Struggle is nothing new to my people. Without struggle, there is no progress. The revolution will not be televised, for the classroom is the new battlefield. And so let us march on, until victory is ours.