Dr. Gill’s latest book is a motivational handbook aimed at inspiring the spirit, igniting intelligence and empower Black youth everywhere. She also shared her views on educating African American youth in this day and age.
Dr. Gill told Williams learning should not be a concept, it should be “a very valuable experience.”
She said, “We have too many school districts throughout the nation and too many teachers who struggle through the lens of teaching ethicacy, cultural competence, but when you finally get through all that language, our students are not learning at the rate that they can learn.”
Dr. Gill expressed some frustration as it relates to how the educational system’s approach to dealing with African American students saying, “… Everybody is talking about Black children, but who is talking to them?”
“Who is speaking to them in a language that they understand and who is helping them to be motivated in the essence of learning,” asked Gill.
She continued, “In this climate of post racial discussion people talk about the lens of Dr. King and when he is talking about the content of character and the empirical question becomes, how can we build on the content of a character when the character of African American students is not reflected in the culture of the curriculum that they have in schools?”
Gill explained to Armstrong that she looked at various statistics to find that less than three percent of today’s teachers are African American men and wonders if Black students are not inspired to learn because they don’t see educators that look like them.
She also questioned if professionals and teachers have the creativity to “teach our children how they need to be taught and what they need to be taught” as well as get past the tired discussion that revolves around Black children cannot learn.
She quoted Johnnetta B. Cole, anthropologist, educator and former president of Spellman College saying, “She’s met many teachers that cannot teach, she’s yet to meet a student that cannot learn.”
Watch “NewsOne Now” guest host Armstrong Williams and Dr. Chandra Gill discus her new book “Black Genes-Black Genius” in the video clip above. Dr. Gill’s book is available at www.drchandragill.com.
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