For parents who see their children as smart, funny, talented, and curious it can be heartbreaking to hear a message back from schools that label them as problems and assess them as deficits. “Awfulizing” our children and subjecting them to low expectations diminishes their future, and only parents can fight for their survival. Zakiya Sankara-Jabar recently joined us to discuss her activism on behalf of her children and yours.

Sankara-Jabar, co-founder of Racial Justice NOW! shared her thoughts on the disparate rates of disciplinary actions for black students and how restorative justice is often misunderstood.

Host Citizen Stewart posed a question about balancing our understanding of implicit bias in a mostly white teaching force, with the need to keep positive, orderly classrooms that are healthy learning environments.

Watch the video above for real talk on the state of black education for Black boys in America, and ideas on how we best combat the deficit-thinking that labels them as “bad” from birth.

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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