I have always wanted to teach. I like it, but realize that I prefer to teach people who are willing to learn and can take in new information. Too many people are unable to learn new things, or simply don’t want to.
I have decided to focus on these two.
They listen, ask lots of interesting questions and soak in all of the information I give them. They challenge me and I certainly challenge them. I want them to think for themselves.
I took my kids to the National Museum of African American History and Culture along with my girlfriend today.
At first, I thought they weren’t going to be into it, but when I showed them a few things about the slave trade, they began to absorb all kinds of new information. It was interesting to see the transformation from indifference to inquisitive.
As we moved up through the timeline of history, I tried to put things in context. I told them how resilient enslaved Africans were, how these people fought back and demanded the right to be equal citizens under the law. I explained how when finally granted those rights, NOTHING could stop them. I let them know that these are part of your family history and that they come from great people.
I refuse to allow my children to be permanent victims, I refuse to allow them to feel anyone has “privilege” because of their skin, sex or family history. Nope. I am showing them that we all are competing in this global society now and the only one who can stop you from being a succes is YOU! I asked them to just look at all of these brilliant people in this building who succeeded despite the odds. I told them that they can too.
There will be no victims in my home - none.
I loved watching them see greatness all around them. Everywhere you turn in this building is excellence.
School was in session today.
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