Category Archives: Education

LGBTQ Support Rises at Historically Black Schools

In Conference – B 301, a room in the Martin Luther King Jr. building at Maryland’s Bowie State University, literature is the decor. Books such as “Lesbian/Woman” and the compilation “Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction” stock bookcases. At every turn there are pamphlets, posters and fliers that… Read More »

Beats, Rhymes, & Bunsen Burners: Using Hip Hop as Teaching Tool

Rising Brooklyn Preparatory High School senior Jaiyer Millington can spit. And the topic of Biology puts no limits on his bars. Check it. “Look! The cause of your demise, I can see it cause I got the vision,” Millington raps. “Hit your shoulders several times, break the scapula humerus connection. And I subtract your femur… Read More »

Race, activism and Hillary Clinton at Wellesley

The two things that are said perhaps most often about Janet Hill—that she is a lawyer and that she was Hillary Clinton’s roommate at Wellesley College, in the late sixties—are not true. “That legend was started by the sportscaster Dick Vitale, in 1991,” she said recently, of the Clinton story. Hill’s son Grant was then… Read More »

Medical Schools Rally to Make Classes More Diverse

As a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Lynn Pauls provided city residents with a service she didn’t have as a child: health care. “It was one of the first things that I learned was unequal about the world,” says Pauls, who graduated from Johns Hopkins this year. “I… Read More »

America Needs More Black Men Leading Its Classrooms

Ron Porter Jr. had a rude awakening during his senior year at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. A student-athlete at the central Pennsylvania college, Porter thought that a bachelor’s degree in history was all he needed to become a teacher. He hadn’t consulted an academic adviser and didn’t realize he… Read More »

Black Life is Stressful: Researchers Believe Meditation May Help Bridge Achievement Gap Between Black and White Students

A few minutes of thoughtful silence may help young African-American students cope with stresses of everyday life, Chicago researchers are finding. The Erikson Institute is leading a four-year study of 2,000 Chicago Public School students to find out whether “mindfulness” activities can boost academic achievement in young children from minority, low-income households. African-American children make… Read More »

Black Studies Matter

“Don’t talk race, assimilate. Find a way to purge who you are.” That’s what Ramona Tascoe’s father told her when she was young. Tascoe, a former member of the nation’s first Black Student Union, was born in Louisiana, but her family moved to San Francisco in 1953. When they got to California, her parents were… Read More »