Question of the Week: “How important is a teacher’s role in the African American community?”
Photo and question by Yvonne Kemp
Marian Jackson: “It is of the upmost importance. Because the teachers mold our children and teach them what they need to know in order to excel in their lives of life long learning and actual living.”
Greg Ogunbowale (Principal of King Elementary School): “The teacher is the gate keeper of formal and moral education. The teacher provides the personality to be emulated, and the knowledge to be disseminated. The teacher provides guidance and direction for future roles to be performed in the community.”
Janet Butler (Eighth grade teacher at King Elementary): “It is important for every teacher to take an active role in the lives of every child that they see daily. We must continue to transform the lives of young people in order for the community to thrive and operate as a functional community.”
Rahman Malik: “The role of an African American educator extends beyond the classroom and beyond academics. An African American educator must provide a holistic approach to meet the needs of their students. This includes meeting and recognizing all of their needs, including physical, moral, and spiritual.”
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