In the latest episode of the 8 Black Hands education podcast, the guys talk about a recent story that went viral showing a 6-year-old girl being arrested at school after throwing a temper tantrum. The episode dives into the trauma that comes with criminalizing kids and how these types of stories keep popping up.

The fellas were joined by Marquis Evans, who they describe as “a West Oakland educator doing amazing work to go beyond the classroom and engage his parents in new ways.”

The conversation flows from student trauma, to school resource officers and school counselors. They also take some time to talk about family and parent involvement and if there is a space for those types of conversations around these incidents.

The episode goes on to shift to the latest news from the presidential elections before analyzing the current state of education journalism. Here, the guys take issue with the way parents of color who mobilize to be heard in the education debates are covered and how the line between journalism and opinion is often crossed.

Listen to full episode below:

Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.


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