Darryl Diggs was speaking to students at an elementary school in St. Louis County when it struck him — the students would likely graduate from high school without ever having a black man for a teacher.
The racial disproportion between students and teachers in many St. Louis districts is a form of educational malpractice, said Diggs, 37, an assistant principal at Parkway South High School.
Not only do black students have few role models in education, but educators also can feel isolated and vulnerable without black mentors in their schools.
At the beginning of the school year, fifth-grade teacher Michale Ward posts a sign in her Glasgow Elementary room with the heading: “My Activities.” This piece of paper doesn’t track upcoming lesson plans or classroom tasks; rather, it refers to her students’ extracurricular activities. Here, they can fill in the days and times of their upcoming events, such as football or basketball games or dance recitals.
COTTLEVILLE — Gabbi Thomason and the Francis Howell Central girls basketball team have more than winning championships on their mind.
The Spartans are on a roll unlike any other team in the area but there is much more they intend to check off their to-do list this season.
Francis Howell Central remained the only undefeated girls basketball team in the area with a 61-50 win over Holt Friday at home. The Spartans ran their win streak to 16 games and in the process helped give back to the community.
ST. LOUIS — In the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis, where children attend public, private, parochial and charter schools within a few blocks of each other, the Green House Venture brings them together to focus on science and nutrition education.
St. Louis University professor Donald Stump envisioned a plan to address “the problems this particular generation of students is going to have at the height of their productivity,” including a lack of science education, poor nutrition and childhood obesity, he said.