COMMUNITY VOICES | In education, no decisions about us without us

On Thursday, February 6, 2014, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sponsored a discussion on the “achievement gap” for students of color. As a teacher of color in Minneapolis for over 20 years this is a topic in which I was interested. Unfortunately, the Chamber decided to schedule its summit from 7:30 to 12:00. I, along with every teacher, student and most parents wouldn’t be able to attend the chamber event. Would you like to know what I was doing from 7:30 to 12:00? At 7:30 they were enjoying a continental breakfast, I was preparing my classroom and greeting students in the hallway. At 8:00 Jeff Young was sharing his global accounting firms perspective on the opportunity gap, I was leading a discussion with a group of 6th grade girls on how they would be achievers. Continue Reading