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A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Son About His Privilegedcschoolhub-jen-cort

by Jen Cort, Founder, Jen Cort Educational Consulting

Dear Son,

When you were younger, you came home from school upset because a teacher had said:

“All of the Quakers were dead.”

Being Quaker, you described feeling unseen and wanted me to correct the teacher. My response? I was comfortable with your discomfort. Because being who you are in this world has afforded very few opportunities for you to know what it is like to be unseen and unheard, a feeling so common to so many.

As a White, Christian, middle class, well-educated, handsome, smart, athletic, seemingly heterosexual, able-bodied, living in a two-parent, heterosexual, married household, you hold membership in all privileged groups and, therefore, have almost all of the advantages the world has to offer.

Now at 16, you are charting your own course at a time when you could enjoy life free of obligation, eventually growing into the man you will become. But I want something different for you; I want you to choose what kind of man you will be.

You may think it odd for me to ask you to decide what kind of man you will be. Let me explain. Too often, people from majority groups simply arrive at who they will become without making a choice along the way.

You live in a time when women still earn seventy cents for every dollar a man earns, when Black boys face the school to prison pipeline, when people beat gay and transgender people to death for being themselves, and when the quality of one’s education—probably the single determining factor in your future—is predicated on their family’s ability to live in one zip code over another.

You live in a time when people are persecuted for their religious beliefs, when childhood poverty is rampant, when beautiful men and women are photo-shopped to be someone they are not because their natural image is thought to be ugly. You live in a time when what one does for a living is often valued more than who one is as a person and a time when we are in desperate need of peace.

But you also live in a time of hope and activism, and in an environment with parents and family members intentionally working to undo oppression in everyday choice. You have role models in our friends and family who work toward social justice and your faith insists on equality and seeking the truth. You live in a time where social media is an active presence in our lives and can be instrumental both in highlighting areas of need and the work of change makers. You live in a time of abundant choices. And you live with models of those who choose to live their authentic selves when that choice may bring prejudice.

Due to genetics and the decisions of your parents you have all of the privileges in the world available to you. Whether or not you assume these privileges is an open question. Assuming them is easy, simply go through your day with a lack of recognition or lack of care.

Rejecting these privileges will be more difficult because you (like most of us in majority groups), probably do not see them. But be sure: these privileges are provided to you.

You will find yourself in classes where you will raise your hand at the same time as a girl and you will be called on because you are a male presence. You will have an easier time getting dates because of your size and appearance. You will be offered more money for the same job than your sister would have been offered because you are male. You can relish your heterosexuality comfortably, and talk about who you are dating without worrying about others’ reactions. You can celebrate holidays easily, and the language you speak is valued above most in every country of the world.

You need to understand the “other” but it’s not your place to “walk in another person’s shoes.” It is your place to walk next to people, to listen and to learn of their experiences. You will move from being a child encouraged to “speak the truth to power” to a man assumed to be in a place of power. And you should speak the truth to power at all times, work for equity and ensure that others know you are aware of your privileged status and that you want to partner with them to work for equity and inclusion.

Again, these are the reasons I was comfortable with your discomfort when your teacher made the comments about the disappearance of Quakers.

Your feeling unseen and unheard—for even a few moments—had an impact on you. I am asking you to remember and attend to that feeling. Understand that for most people in world, at least one of their social identifiers makes that feeling a daily experience.

I am asking you to decide what kind of man you will actively, thoughtfully, and continually decide to be throughout your life. In doing so, you will make a choice for yourself and widen the path for others to join you.

Choose daily. Choose actively. Choose equitably. Choose with empathy. Choose for the better.

With love,

Mom

Why So Tired, Sports Fans?watchingsportstv-02

by Trevor Waddington, DCschoolHUB Founder

Why do championship games start so late? I’ve wondered aloud for years. I always assumed it was driven by advertising revenue (money). This hunch was validated after some research. In fact, the following article literally addressed my questions: Why start so late? What about the kids? Why not start weekend games earlier in the day?

While I understand that the almighty dollar rules all, I have to question the overall affect it has on this generation of kids. Since they can’t watch most of the game, following their favorite team or player means hoping to catch a 30 second highlight on a 60 minute show dominated by 50 different sports analysts breaking down if Draymond Green meant to hit LeBron James in the king’s royal family jewels.

Recently, Montgomery County, Maryland moved start times back to accommodate students who came to school sleep deprived. Talk about enabling kids who stay up late. How about you go to bed sooner!?! But the true sports fans cannot because they are up until 12 PM watching the ‘most important game ever’. Compound that with having to catch the bus at 6:22 AM.

My biggest beef is weekend games starting so late. While I’m a big fan of kids being active (preferably outside), I have a soft spot for spending time on the couch with family. Some of my fondest memories from this time of year are watching the final round of the US Open Golf Championship and the Kentucky Derby with my dad and brothers. The best part about it was the mentioned events were over by 7 PM.

At the end of the day sports are a distraction, but an important one for so many. It has the ability to bring people together and show kids the importance of hard work and dedication that’s difficult to realize in a 30 second clip because they were sound asleep when the final buzzer sounded.

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Summer Fun: To Pool or Not to Pool?DCschoolHUB - Pool or not to Pool

By “J”, a Child Care Center Director
For the safety and security of the children and to provide a “real” perspective on child care, “J” has chosen to remain anonymous….for now.

Summer is upon us and for a lot of center directors in the area it leads to one question: to pool or not to pool. When creating that fun filled jammed packed summer calendar you have to decide early, are my kids going to go swimming this summer? Parents expect great fieldtrips, more importantly parents expect trips worthy of that lovely $200 activity fee. So when you’re calling museums, local pizza shops, and entertainers that sing silly songs and do magic tricks-in the back of your mind you are still pondering the pool question.

It’s a small daycare world so you hear about other cheaper summer camps who are going to the pool three times a week. Parents stop by the office to ask how you will incorporate “water” into the summer curriculum (true story). The kids who plan on attending the summer camp ask daily, hourly, every minute “we going swimming?”.

Why is it so hard to decide you ask? Several reasons. Field trips, swimming or not, require extra staff. Pools require a higher level of monitoring than watching kids in a large classroom. The pool’s lifeguards are often sophomores returning home from college who are underpaid and over attentive to their phones. Locker rooms require staff to help kids change and make sure they aren’t staring at the 85 year old naked man in the corner. Highest on the pool worry list is drowning. When I first got into the childcare field in northern Virginia there were 4 deaths (at local surrounding daycares) due to drownings in one summer. The deaths were due to children who were left unattended or lost in the mass of children who take over the pool in the summer. This for me was the catalyst for alternative thinking. What can we do for water fun that does not involve trips to the pool? Water balloon fights, super soaker challenges, maybe even dunk the director…maybe.  READ MORE