What does it look like to respect Black boys in a way that supports excellence in education?
Respecting Black boys is about defying the narrative and helping them to do so as well.
Eddie Moore, Jr: A Personal Story
As a Black man who studies and writes about Black male achievement, I’m eager to share asset models of White women who have shown up for me in my education; to salute them. For me, the example that stands out is Ms. Russell, a White woman teacher who proved that being a great teacher isn’t the same thing as being a popular teacher.
To be honest, I really didn't like her. Ms. Russell put up with none of the crap I threw at her.
- She didn’t accept excuses for my assignments being late.
- She didn’t accept my first draft as a finished draft.
- She didn’t accept my sitting in the back of the classroom.
- She didn’t accept my tardiness.
She expected More.