Anjanique Barber

Posted Feb. 21, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: When You’re the Only Black Kid in a Sea of White Classes

Schools are systematically designed to fail minority students. The system tells Black students, in overt and subtle ways, they will never be as smart or educated as their White classmates.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016

96 Years Ago I Would Not Have Been Allowed to Vote—Not Because of My Race or Age, But Because I am a Woman

I remember the sense of envy that hit me four years ago when my AP Government teacher asked: “So, who can vote this year?” The…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted May 18, 2015

My College Top Five

All the things that we spent so much time stressing about since ninth grade don’t seem so important right now. The all-consuming ACT and SAT…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

Oak Park Student: Why Black Students Need a Safe Space to Talk About Racism

Many of our Belief Gap pieces have dealt with the gap between adult and student expectations. This piece comes from a Chicago-area high school senior…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Dec. 4, 2020

Higher Education Is the New Poverty Pimp

I’ve been wanting to get this off my chest for a while and here it is—higher education is the new poverty pimp in Black communities…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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