Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Have You Done Your Homework?

Take a look at this guy.
Looks like a normal middle-aged average guy, right?
His name is Frank Borzellieri and two years ago, Mr. Borzellieri was named principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx where the students were mostly black and Latino.
Everything sounds normal so far, right?
Well, there's one "small" problem with Mr. Borzellieri.


Yep, that's right!

Mr. Borzellieri once pushed for a ban on the entire biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, claiming "It poisoned the mind of the youth."
 In 2004, Borzellieri wrote the book "Don't Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies," in which he declares "diversity is a weakness" and says the rising black and Hispanic populations in America will lead to the "New Dark Age."
There are several other things this man has written and done, many of which was brought to the attention of the school board before he was hired.
But I'm not writing this to challenge Mr. Borzellieri or the school board that hired him.
I writing this to challenge YOU!

You see, there are Frank Borzellieri(s) in every walk of life.
They have the ability (among other things) to determine who gets hired and who gets fired.
Personally, I believe that's part of the reason unemployment spiked among black folks after the election of Barack Obama.
Many of those "Frank Borzellieri(s)" wanted to get even with the people they thought were responsible for putting a man of color in the White House.
So they started downsizing........
Still, people like Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West will have you believe that the President should be doing more to "put black folks back to work."
He may be the most powerful man in the world, but he's not that powerful.
As adults, we have to navigate our own way through the maze of closet racism- the New Jim Crow- if you will.
But we are the ones who have the power to make sure our children are well educated and properly prepared so they can start their own business and call their own shots.
Which brings me full circle to the purpose of this blog.

Have You Done Your Homework?

How well do you know your child's teachers?
Have YOU done your personal interview with them?
Have you made sure they will follow the curriculum?
I'm not talking about the standard education curriculum, I'm talking about a "parent curriculum."

It's my prayer that you remember this blog and this story as you prepare to register your child for the upcoming school year.