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Jump to. Illustration by Destiny Belgrave. I was 5 years old when I was manhandled by an authoritarian: my white kindergarten teacher. She demanded that I apologize to our school librarian for something I have since forgotten, but I still remember feeling as if I were in trouble, though I was confused as to why.
Instead of doing as she asked, I was overwhelmed with intense social anxiety and stood in silence as the class watched, quietly waiting for what would happen next in this suddenly tense moment.
The teacher grew impatient and, viewing my fearful resistance as an act of defiance, she began to drag me down the hallway by both arms as I wailed an apology—but it was too late. I was terrified. I felt powerless, even though my mother, a middle-school teacher, was involved in the school system. As who suffered from unease and bouts of trauma revolving around being abandoned by my biological father, I felt psychologically debilitated and longed for an educational space where I felt secure.
Though my mother subtly oversaw mental evaluations of me to get to the root of my in-school distractedness, the state of my mental health went unresolved under the supervision of Americanized public schooling. Rather than qualifying as a student who required special attention, I became a dejected statistic—lost in the education system. To fight back, some Black parents are electing to homeschool their Black daughters. A article in the Conversationan independent academic publication, explains that 85 percent of public school teachers are white, making it more difficult for Black girls to find educators who they can relate to or trust.
InBen Fieldsa police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, made headlines for being caught on video body slamming and dragging a Defiance black girl female high-school student. Similarly, intwo Black 6-year-olds, a girl and a boy, were arrested separately at the same Florida school by school resource officer Dennis Turner for having tantrums.
Instead of offering gentle, thoughtful instruction in school, some white teachers may feel inclined to push Black girls based on how they think they should be taught, electing to micromanage their classroom experience through discipline rather than doing the work to keep students engaged and to recognize the role that both gender and race play in education. Black parents are witnessing this treatment and some of them are feeling just as averse to these educational institutions as their daughters.
Homeschooling, then, becomes revolutionary for Black parents. Tweet this. Instead of parents relying on a traditional school setting, the impetus of homeschool teaching can introduce children to religion, astrology, anatomy, and more extensive cultural history than that which is taught by schools solely during Black History Month.
Erica who declined to share her last namea homeschool teacher and blogger with My Busy Bees and Mesays that homeschooling offers Black parents the chance to challenge a whitewashed version of history and empower their daughters. While traditional schooling may position Blackness as other, homeschooling does just the opposite. Families that have portable tablets such as iP or Kindles may find it easier to access online educational platforms, and there are also Facebook groups dedicated to Black homeschoolers, like Homeschooling for Black Freethinkersestablished inand the Black Homeschoolers Connectionestablished inthat act as a source of community and kinship.
There are even audio-based formats like Cleverly Changing and Melanin Taught that can help parents decide if homeschooling is for them Defiance black girl, if they choose to pursue it, how to get started.
Beyond the traditional classroom, homeschooling allows Black girls to gain access to a fairer assessment as they become attuned with learning on their own terms. By electing to homeschool, Black parents offer their students the chance to achieve with a break from the racial disparities they face in conventional school settings. The magazine that started it all celebrates 25 years of inspiring feminist readers and media consumers all over the world. Subscribe today and in the beauty, healing, and inspiration that is Bitch magazine.
Jaelani Turner-Williams is a writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Inspired by Columbus writing veterans Hanif Abdurraqib and Jacqueline Woodson, Jaelani focuses strongly on cultural pieces, especially within music, sexuality, feminism, and social criticism. Search form Search. Magazine Politics education The Power Issue. Read This Next. Thanks to our Sponsors. Vibrator Vixen.
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