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Thank you for subscribing to the Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some articles I read that I think would be of interest to you during these challenging times.
Minneapolis Barber Lamberto Vergara On His Boarded-Up Shop: “We’re In This Together”
From Mexico, to Brooklyn, and onto owning a barbershop in Minneapolis, Lamberto Vergara reminds readers in this Vanity Fair article, how barbershops can be pillars in the community. “LV” reminisces about barbershops from his childhood, and one particular barber who had a great influence on his life. When LV set out to open his own establishment, his goal was to create a multi-racial, inclusive environment. LV’s Barbershop and its neighboring businesses recently sustained fire-damage during protests. As friends and clients are regularly checking in, and the folks in the neighborhood are helping to clean and rebuild, Lamberto remembers why he became a barber and moved to Minneapolis. “We’re in this together,” LV said. “We want change. Obviously this is what needs to be done. If we got to take a hit, we could always rebuild. But we can’t bring a life back, I’ll tell you that much.” Read More
The Children Being Left Behind By America’s Online Schooling
According to a Pew Research report, 1 in 10 Americans have access to the internet only through their smartphones. The lack of internet access may not have been taken seriously before, but David Deming, professor of public policy, foresees a new widening of educational inequality and a permanent effect on the students. How can our state leaders prepare for a new wave of COVID and remote learning during the 2020/2021 school year? Close the gap now by ensuring all students have access to Wi-Fi and personal computers. Read More
How Reading Instruction Fails Black and Brown Children
While it’s no surprise how academic struggles in high school inhibit college attendance, the author of this article from Forbes Magazine traces the deterrence to educational and occupational success back to elementary school. National tests report 18% of Black 4th graders scored proficient or above in reading, and 8th grade proficiency is at a mere 15%. In this thought-provoking article, the author suggests 4 strategies for building strong readers and reversing the effects of poverty and racism during early education. Read More
Black Male Teachers A Precious Resource In Wake of George Floyd Killing
If this country is looking for young leadership, look at 17-year old Edward Tillman, a student at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets High School in California as an example. During his interview in The Chronicle of Social Change, Tillman talks about changes needed to take place in schools like discussions on social justice, more Black mentors and easier access to mental health services. Education officials in Los Angeles caught on to the importance of culturally relevant teaching, and hiring Black male teachers, who are severely underrepresented in the state and across the country. There are many reasons why it is imperative for more Black males to get on track to become educators, but here are a few highlighted in the article:
– Students at risk for racism want personnel they can relate to;
– Students who have experienced police violence want to share their stories;
– A study found that black students are more likely to be identified as gifted when they have black teachers;
– Researchers reported that when black boys in grades 3-5 have at least one black teacher, they’re odds of dropping out of high school decrease.
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