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“Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart” Education Reform Activism Podcast –

Caging The Black Mind with Special Guest Educator and 2006 Minnesota Teacher of the Year,

Lee-Ann Stephens 

Minneapolis, MN (May 25, 2015) – This week’s Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart podcast engages the listeners on the dominant discourse about black and brown students and focuses on their perceived deficiencies.

  • It is said that they enter public schools lacking in vocabulary, motivation, self-control and the ability to persist through challenging intellectual questions.
  • Their parents are accused of being under-educated and insufficient in their ability to impart the basic foundations for education at home.
  • Their communities are said to be under-resourced and therefore full of pathologies that prevent our children from learning.

 Yet, several researchers have found a troubling problem: it is actually the brightest, most prepared black students who lose the most ground in the early grades. Lee-Ann Stephens, a teacher who works with high performing students of color, joins Rock The Schools to discuss this compelling blind spot in the education debate.  

rock_the_schools_3Tune into Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart this Monday and every week at citizenstewart.org under “Podcast,” on iHeartRadio’s Twin Cities News Talk podcast network, and on iTunes. Get involved, stay involved and take action at citizenstewart.org.

Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.Stewart believesthis is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).” Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability . . . does public education meet the standards of an educated public, when students graduate well below standards required to get a higher education?    

Stewart is a writer, speaker, essayist and education activist from Minnesota. Stewart began recording his podcasts in early March and releases a new episode weekly.

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 About Chris Stewart aka Citizen Stewart (https://citizenstewart.org) Evangelical, husband, father, essayist, and education activist with a mission to create greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history, and transformative black thought. This is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).

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