Neuro-of the brain, Diversity-the state or fact of being diverse;difference, unlikeness
It is a fact that “No Child Left Behind” was born from the disproportionate number of young boys of Color who find/found themselves in Special Education classrooms. Although this law has been an unprecedented failure, we need to look also at how young Men of Color end up as the majority of prison populations across the United States.
#Different Thinkers are called Different Thinkers for a reason! I only taught at-risk children, most of whom were Children of Color. These children are caught in such a web, not of their creation!
As a culture, we are so used to being paranoid the minute we see a Hoody, Dreds or low-lying pants on boys and men of Color, that we do some very dangerous things! We assume they committed crimes they did not, we do not hear their stories, and we lock them up for Life-these are facts!
Why is it that these same boys are imprisoned without parole, when their Caucasian counterparts are somehow not as guilty?!
#Different Thinkers come in a variety of kinds, shapes, colors,sizes and cultures. I have met children who are handling unbelievable stresses that most adults would not handle at all.
In order to change the profile of American prisons, we must change the profile of our preschools! Head Start and most other preschool programs (I can say this from direct personal experience) need a massive overhaul! #Different Thinkers require an organized, scheduled, stimulating preschool experience where real teaching is going on, not just directed play and over-glorified daycare! There are qualified, and quality compassionate Teachers who are aching for more! The children need more!
Having your hands tied and told, literally told not to teach, is an abomination to #Different Thinkers and the qualified Educators who are ready, willing, and able to take these children to the level they deserve!
When Head Start is saying one thing, and the School System is requiring another, there is a huge disconnect! Many, many studies have been done showing that the implementation of Head Start Policy is so varied and vastly different depending on the state, and the situation. This would be appropriate if Head Start was catered to meet the needs of each specific population and situation, but it isn’t. You can talk to two different Center Managers and get 7 different answers, all of which have to do with keeping their funding and preventing Law Suits!
In order to lift all #Different Thinkers who live at risk out of the prison tract, major, thoughtful, honest and realistic changes must be made! These young men who need qualified, focused, support and encouragement that is free from pity and condescension, are some of the Brightest Minds there are! Their talents are being wasted because of so many factors that take little or no effort to change!
The prisons in the United States are costing tax payers billions of dollars every year when the U.S. economy is tanking! There are problems that can be solved and one of the best solutions is quality, focused Early Intervention!
Light and Love to you!
Heather M. McCrae, MM MEd
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