Black boys and banter: Don’t get it twisted!

I asked a group of my daughter’s friends (all in their mid twenties) to tell me what they wish their white teachers knew about them as a black student. The responses were interesting. A couple of responses I’ve written about in previous posts, but there were two in particular that caught my attention: “All myContinue reading “Black boys and banter: Don’t get it twisted!”

Why you don’t ask to touch a black person’s afro

Let me start by saying that this is not a lesson on the history of afro hair. For that I would recommend you start your learning journey by visiting the Mamasia website. This post is about the importance of recognising social boundaries, individuality, and exercising general respect and common sense. At the start of eachContinue reading “Why you don’t ask to touch a black person’s afro”

When students kiss their teeth, it’s not the same as swearing

All schools have behaviour policies, some of which are more detailed than others. These policies cover everything from personal responsibility and uniform to the expectations of how students should wear their hair. Anyone who has been following the news of late will know how much of a contentious issue the latter has been when itContinue reading “When students kiss their teeth, it’s not the same as swearing”

On the subject of black students and their names

As a teacher, one of the very first things you will do when you get your new class is take the register. This seemingly simple act can send shivers down the spine of the most confident educator. Over the course of a year, a primary school teacher has to get to know at least 30Continue reading “On the subject of black students and their names”