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America Is Designed for many Young Black Men to Fail
Written by Phillip Jackson   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 23:46

 

Success for Young Black Men In America Is Accidental in many cases

Many people disagree with the title of this commentary. "You don't know what I been through to help make my Black son successful! I worked hard to get my son through school. I fought with gangs. I fought with the school. I fought with teachers. I fought with police. I fought with his friends. I fought with other parents. I held two jobs to pay for tutoring and private school. I moved to an expensive suburb. Please don't call my son's success accidental."

That's exactly why I call it "accidental." Black parents, and no parents in America, should have to fight that hard and in those ways to help their sons become successful. An accident is defined as an unplanned, unexpected, and not designed (not purposefully caused) event. Based on the data below, success for many Black males in America is not intentional, not expected, not planned, not the norm and not designed. Most Black males don't succeed because of their education in America, they succeed in spite of their education in America. Therefore, when success happens, it is "accidental."

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The Value of LinkedIn for All Students
Written by William D. Jackson   
Saturday, 12 December 2015 20:48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition for employment, internships, scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance and entrance into higher education has grown tremendously in the past years.  Students should understand that digital tools and resources that aid in obtaining/starting a professional career should be welcomed and are an investment in time. Social Media platforms are not valuable if they do not promote a student’s SWAG and Brand that holds the key to their talents, skills, abilities and leadership qualities. As an instructor at Edward Waters College teaching Educational Technology and Social Media I attempt to empower my students with the knowledge of using Social Media in a positive way.

One of the challenges for students is making a positive Brand and marketing it with SWAG, high lighting skills, talents, educational achievements, and leadership skills. A college/university undergraduate must sell themselves to the world they want to enter. Technology allows to transcend the physical networking and provides a digital platform by using professional services like LinkedIn to make connections that may have not otherwise occur.

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Chinua Achebe “A Text Book Act” for Education
Written by William Jackson   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:32

 

 

 

 

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter…
Chinua Achebe

Imagine a law that did not allow you to read on certain days of the week, or at certain times of the day. Imagine a law that governed what you could and could not read. Imagine because of the color of your skin you were kept ignorant intentionally so that generations would be treated like cattle or worse.

As one of the founding fathers of literature in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe and others faced these same restrictions directed to keep Nigerians and even Africans oppressed mentally, this leads to limiting the skill sets for Nigerians and Africans to think and rationalize for themselves. The same was faced during slavery for Blacks in the Americas. The importance of education and being a life-long learner cannot be expressed in just text, but is shared through storytelling by the elders.

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10 Ways to Be An Involved and Engaged Father This School Year
Written by William Jackson   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:31

“Fathers can and do change the world one child at a time”

 

Suggestions from a father, educator, mentor and community activist:


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.
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About Black America
Written by Phillip Jackson   
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:58

 

(Sri Lanka) What will America do with 40 million Black Americans now that there is no more cotton to pick? Even in states like Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, Black people are no longer involved in the planting, growing or harvesting of cotton. Nowadays these tasks are performed by White and Latino men and women. They drive machines that plant and pick the cotton while millions of Black men in the south are unemployed since transitioning from slave labor to surplus labor. And although picking cotton is not the most desirable job, for Black people in America, there is no more cotton to pick.

Our American economy was built on the backs of Black slaves who were initially brought to America to work in the cotton, tobacco and sugar cane fields. America’s dilemma today is what to do with 40 million Black American descendants of those slaves who were shipped, as commodities, to American shores 400 years ago for their economic value yet whose heirs today are deemed of no value to America’s economic mission. While America might have once considered shipping Black Americans back to Africa, today that option is neither practical nor palatable.

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