My students and I are watching the inauguration. My kids seem to have an opinion about everything! This is a great moment in our history so I asked a few students to share with me how they felt. Here’s what they had to say:
This is history! We shouldn’t have to come to school ever again on this day! ~Howard
It’s a new beginning. ~Donte
I am happy to be alive to witness a Black man become president. ~Fernando
On November the 4th I realized that I could be anything. There are no more excuses that can be made by anyone in this country. Hope is alive! ~Brian
It’s a beautiful thing. I really want to shed a tear. (two seconds later) I mean I’m happy to have a Black president and all, but really it’s not that deep! ~Iesha
I think he will make things better for all Americans. ~Ashley
I don’t know what to think! I can’t even express the way I feel. ~Dasha
I hope he will make college more affordable. ~Makailya
It’s amazing! ~Maurice
Barack O’bama is a rock star! ~Dashae
He has set a standard for Black people. ~Montice
My only wish is that my lost loved ones were here to witness the day with me.
When Nicholas was in the third grade he had to select a famous Black American to represent in a “living history museum” for Black History month. He wanted to do Colin Powell…again.
I had just finished reading Dreams From My Father by Senator Barack Obama and was really impressed with his candor and eloquence. I suggested him.
After doing the research Nicholas was impressed as well. His presentation was a big hit. Later his teacher pulled me aside and expressed her curiousity about how Nicholas came to present him. I told her that I recommended him after reading his autobiography.
I am excited about Obama coming to office. I believe he is truly dedicated to the job of making America better for us all. This simple act of Americans joining together to vote him as president shows that anything is possible. I know that he will be under a lot of scutiny, but I believe he can handle the pressure. He deserves the same opportunity as anyone else to do the job.
My focus is not so much on him being the first Black president. That fact is the cherry on top and it makes his victory much more sweeter. However, I am more buoyed by his poise, plans for America, intelligence, and great potential to lead the country.
Nicholas attends a school in which there is not a single person of color on the teaching or administrative staff. In fact, there are only two Black women in non-licensed positions that work there. The student body is very diverse, so it seems that the staff would mirror this. It seems strange to me that in this day and age that places/schools/attitudes like this still exist. I often wonder what message this sends to my son and the rest of the kids?
I feel fortunate that my son has the opportunity to witness someone such as Barack having the opportunity to be president. I have always told Nicholas that he could be anything he wanted to be. Now I know he can! This morning his was elated by the knowledge of Barack’s win. So was I.
Yesterday my senior class was featured on the local 6 and 11 o’clock evening news! The broadcast was also on the station’s website. It was such a neat experience and I was really pleased with my kids!
I received an email about 15 minutes before my class started from the district’s spokeperson informing me that a camera crew was headed my way. They wanted to spotlight a teacher who was addressing the significance of Obama’s nomination. Apparently somebody told them about me!
They are writing letters to the presidential candidates to persuade them to give attention to the issues that they feel are essential to their future. This is a project sponsered by Google and the National Writing Project (I am a teacher-consultant for our local chapter). The letters will be published on an online forum for all the world to see.
Next week I have representatives from our state’s Republican and Democratic offices coming to present . This will provide the students with more insight about each political party and allow them to write a more detailed and knowledgable letter.
I received many job well done calls, texts, and emails from friends, family, and former students who saw us on the news. It was actually a pretty indepth segment.
However, only three of my colleagues commented on the story–the principal nor the vice principal was one of them! Over the span of six years my students and I have been in the newspaper twice and covered on the news two times as well. I have to say that this one was the best. The reporter did a great job on this story.
I am really proud of my students!