Teachers and students may seem to go hand in hand, but in the grand scheme of things; just like time, the teacher/student relationship changes.  As parents, deciphering what is fact from fiction can sometimes and in most cases seems overwhelming. 

Case in point #1:

When my oldest son was in middle school, I believe it was the 7th grade, he was told by a teacher that he did not deserve to be in her classroom.  Of course he was crushed by this; not knowing why he was being told such hurtful words. 

Case in point #2: 

My youngest child was in grade school when one of his teachers kept showing slavery movies every single day.  What surprised me about this scenario is that the principal was unaware of the movies that were being shown to the classroom.  My son felt uncomfortable as he was the only young man of color in his classroom. 

You see, situations happen in classrooms – some are more extreme than my two case points that we as parents are unaware of because kids have a habit of keeping things to themselves.  To me it’s a form of bullying. 

When teachers call students out of their classroom just to “hang out”, I have a problem with that…when teachers take over the students assignments, I have a problem with that…when teachers look a student in the eyes and call him/her “stupid”, I have a problem with that…when teachers lie on other students just to protect their “favorite” student, I have a problem with that…when teacher follow kids around on social networks to try and find something to discredit them or get them in trouble, I have a problem with that….when teachers place one student against another, I have a problem with that….

When I send my son to school, I send him to learn, not to impose judgment or having to defend himself against negative words that come out of teachers mouths. 

In my school days, I had teachers that taught and principals that did not put up with any sort of misconduct – whether it was from a student or a teacher. 

I had a niece that actually got sick each morning prior to school because her teachers gave her a hard time…they didn’t like her and they did not hide their feelings in front of her.

There are so many great teachers in this world and if that is you, keep it up!  Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!  Teachers are underpaid and often under appreciated and those that take their career seriously – kudos to you…students can and will learn a great deal from you.  There is always that special teacher that has greatly impressed a student to grow to great heights. 

This Concludes Mimi Jenkins’ Moment of Truth.

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Somehow, I am still stuck on this overall bullying thing….I can’t get it out of my head.  I have much concern and love for the young generation of all ages.  It doesn’t matter if your are in elementary school or college; the point it, you are our future.  

First of all when I was in middle school, I was picked on a lot partly because I lived in a house without running water and my mom shopped at yard sales for my clothes.  Now, not just any yard sale I mind you, she chose the ones that were outside of the neighborhood because she didn’t want kids at my school recognizing their clothes on me…well, I must be honest, kids can be cruel to one another. 

The bullying never stopped.  I always got singled out and picked on in just about every grade.  Why?  I don’t know.  I was always a praying child, (never bothered anyone) stayed to myself, and tried so hard not to let the pushing, shoving, and name calling get the best of me.  It was hard, but I managed to escape unscathed and all.  I would get a sickening feeling in my stomach every time I went to school.  I would cry myself to sleep at night.  

What did I do to deserve such cruelty?  Nothing at all…I guess I was pick-able (if that’s a word).None the less, I kept my head up high and constantly talked to GOD while making my way through the not-so-nice girls gathered in the hallway calling me names as I walked to my classes.  Oh, I got called names like, poor, white girl, and so on and so forth.  Why did they call me white girl you ask when I am clearly a woman of color?  Sadly to say, my friends said that was how I acted and talked so…they didn’t want me hanging around because I wasn’t one of them.

 If I felt deep down that I shouldn’t do something, I would not do it; even if it meant I had lose all my friends (so-called-friends) in the process.  No one; I tell you… no one could pressure me to do that which was wrong. Oh yeah, I also got called the name “Miss Goody Too Shoes” because I refused to skip school and smoke pot.  I’m sorry what??? My mom would have whipped me until the sun went down.

It hurt like hell, but I kept moving on and accepted who I was as a child of GOD’s.  I starting hanging around folk that accepted how I talked, walked, and acted.  You see, my mom reared me to respect, love,  and accept who I was…course wavy hair, plump limps with a mahogany skin tone.

Young folks, we can’t change who we are and not everyone will like you no matter what skin color or complexion you are.  You didn’t do anything to deserve what you are going through.  Pray about it and hold your head up high.   

Are you going through this?  Talk to me….We are all different, but in a good way…accept who you are and keep on moving.

This Conclude Mimi Jenkins’ Moment of Truth.

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Truth Be Told

October 19, 2012

Truth Be Told:

Why is it that folk are afraid to talk about sex around Christians?  Truth Be Told, I have two boys, so I had sex at least twice.

Truth Be Told:

Why is the younger generation so caught up on what other’s think and say about them?

The only ONE you should be concerned about is GOD.  Do not let your peers put fear in you.  Hold your head up high and go on about your business.

Truth Be Told:

What is this cyber bullying about?

Listen, sticks and stones may break your bones, but do not let words get to you so much that you are willing to take your life.  It is not worth it.  You are better than that…you are someone special…you are a child of GOD’s and HE cares.  Revenge is HIS, hand it over to HIM, pray about the situation, and let HIM handle it.

Truth Be Told:

Young ladies, why are you always trying to impress your boyfriend?  If he doesn’t respect you for who you are without wanting something from you; then you are too good for him.  Keep it moving……

Truth Be Told:

Young men, why are you tripping because you cannot find a job despite your many attempts?

Listen, you are not alone.  I know you want to be “the man”, but don’t do anything silly by trying to make “quick” money.  There is nothing “quick” about it.  Keep searching, keep praying, but NEVER give up on yourself.  It takes time, you will get there.

I want to give a shout out to all the young people out there that have not given way to the ways of this world.  I have a son, fresh out of college.  The school promised to help him find a job, family members said they would help him, but guess what; no one came through for him.

Here is what I told him, “Son, I may let you down, your friends, and family may let your down, but GOD will neither leave your nor forsake you.”

This concludes Mimi Jenkins’ Moment of Truth.Image

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