Thoughts of an Urban Teacher...What do you do when students’ say “ I Think I Am Worthless”, “Shut the Fu.. Up”, “I Am Afraid of Donald Trump”, I Didn’t Eat Last Night”, “Fu..ing Bald Headed Mother Fu..er” and “I Want to Be An Engineer.” ?
R. Grant writes a powerful realization of the why and how of the Urban teacher. His mastery and lifetime dedication to inner-city education identifies the social impact and struggle the urban teacher faces. In a world where the unfair distribution of academic resources plaguing young learners and traps both teacher and student as victims of a post-modern Jim Crow.
Mark Campbell, Academic Manager, BRINDELL INSTITUTE
Chapter 1 Why I Teach 11
Chapter 2 Stories from the classroom 13
Chapter 3 Reaching the Next Generation: One World Culture 33
Charter 4 Charter Schools vs Public Schools: 41
Chapter 5 Lets Discuss Poverty 47
Chapter 6 Cultural Learning 57
Chapter 7 African American Language “Ebonics”
and Urban American English 73
Chapter 8 The Effect of Educational Policies on Education in America 79
Chapter 9 Intuitional Racism vs. Social Racism
(ESSA, NCLB & Common Core) 89
Chapter 10 Why Students Learn and Strategies for Success 95
Chapter 11 More stories from Me. 107