Teaching isn’t what I do, it’s who I am.
Alex Bailey is the executive director of Black Outside, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on expanding outdoor opportunities to black youth through nature-based programming.
The vast majority of children of color will go through their entire educational career without having a teacher who looks like them. The United States’ educational landscape will benefit from an increase of racial diversity and cultural competence.
Society projects an idea that once you go to college jobs come easy and that life itself is easy. College graduates seek jobs in their career field and find themselves at a dead end.
Expecting happiness seems harmless, but once you allow opportunities to fully develop, without expectations, then there is little to no room for disappointment.
One of the things I love most about teaching 5th graders is that they’re not shy about calling you out. Rather it be for your shoes not matching your shirt just right or you spelling something wrong on the board, trust me, you’ll know about it. It keeps me on my toes.