It makes me feel old and jaded as fuck when the people who I americorps around with tell me about their next-step plans to travel the world and build orphanages and such, and I’m like, “I’m going to get my teaching degree, a pay check that I can live on, and a dog.”
from a Kate Durbin interview in Bullett
A recent study by the Center for American Progress released this month highlighted what some might call the “soft bigotry of low expectations” if there was a way to take a jug of Downy fabric softener and make old-fashioned implicit bias gentler.
The study found that teachers can have a bit of a Pygmalion effect on students, as in, if they believe a student is gifted and has promise, they will try to deliver on it—unless that child is black, brown or low-income; then the outlook is not so bright.
For poor students and students of color, CAP’s researchers found that teachers thought a college degree was more out of reach for African-American students, to the tune of thinking black students were 47 percent less likely than white students to make it to a higher education. Their thoughts on Latino students? That they were 42 percent less likely to attend college. The view was even bleaker for low-income students: The view was that they were 53 percent less likely than students from more-affluent families to go to college.
Now, sure, there’s a chance that these expectations of teachers are in line with how quite a few people view the impoverished, as well as black and brown children. Because of historical inequities in our society, more than a century of institutionalized racism, and the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, of course children who are affluent and white would be viewed with more promise. Based on how the decks are stacked in our society, such children do have more promise by design.
But education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the real chance students across the board have to become successful adults. Next to voting rights and ending segregation, the biggest fights in the civil rights movement involved the power and promise of education. Parents of lesser means fight to get their children into better schools and go on lengthy waiting lists for charter schools because they know education is the best bet they can place on their child.
Reasons why I’m calling for more young Black folks to become teachers!
I’ve had 3 Black teachers in my whole academic career even though I come from a city that is half Black. The kids in our community will continued to be left behind untl we start getting more Black teachers that are committed to our kids.
thegoddessmama “As a former teacher it is true my students always told me some white teachers would give them a “C” if they would just behave without having to do any work… I didn’t believe it until I witnessed it myself, and he kept his job!”
This is true!! I worked as a teachers aide for a White teacher back in Maryland. She would constantly yell at the Black students (they honestly werent any worse than the White students). Didnt care to assist the Black students like she did the White, didnt challenge them like the White students, etc. I remember one afternoon she brought me to the side to complain about the Black students coming to me for help before her. Literally all the Black students came to me.Their grades improved and she still couldn’t figure out why.
proud black, female professor here!
Much love to you!!!!
You recently spoke out against the notion of “playing gay,” which is obviously something you feel strongly about.
You can’t. It’s absolutely impossible to play that as an actor. If someone were to play me in a film about my life, I would hate for just gay actors to audition for the role, because I think I could potentially have attributes as much in common with a straight actor as I could with a gay actor.
You can really make a general wash of people’s sexuality (and say) that people are exactly the same. But the attributes I possess as a human being could be represented by anybody with human sexuality, really, if they have the chief attributes that an actor needs, which are empathy and imagination. So, I do think it’s very important that those things are mentioned, that a human being is made up of a whole range of things and sexuality is, of course, one of them, but it’s not the sum total.
You’ve co-starred with some of the finest-looking men in the show business: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, to name a few. Is it in your contract that you only work with the most attractive men in the industry?
(Laughs) Absolutely, it is. And I believe it’s in all their contracts as well, which is why they get to work with me.
So, in season three of “Sherlock Holmes,” you came closer to kissing Benedict than a lot of us ever will. What was that like?
You know what, Benedict is my friend, and when we shot that scene on “Sherlock” we knew it would be sort of cheeky, but that question always makes me very uncomfortable because he’s my pal. I sometimes wonder if people are asking that question hoping for a new response. (Laughs)
if amanda bynes had depression, everyone would be hailing her for being ‘so inspirational’ and ‘lliving with such a tragic illness’
but because she’s schizophrenic, she’s mocked and humiliated by the media and by society for ‘outrageous’ and ‘hilarious’ behaviour she can’t control
selections from the watercolor series I don’t want your love unless you know I am repulsive, and love me even as you know it.