The Baltimore County school board have decided to expel Dexter from the entire public school system.
I damn near cried. I'm 34 and I remember mornings like this like they happened yesterday. That shit never really leaves you.
Lived in Baltimore City my entire life and let me tell you, REALER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SPOKEN. It’s rough as a kid in this city and even rougher when you realize a good chunk of us had to deal wit shit like this on the daily. Props to this kid
Edit: thanks for the gold kind stranger
This makes me want to become a teacher and make many attempts to help the youth.
Things are not as they appear
From Joshua T. Dickerson himself via Twitter
> I wasn’t going to address it, but it keeps coming up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the internet. I’m not a student in Baltimore City Schools. It’s one of those Internet things that keeps getting shared. Outside of the fake Obama beard, I was the hottest trending fake news
I’m a teacher in a low income neighborhood in Los Angeles. This is the day to day for some kids. It would piss me off so much when some teachers would get on a kid’s ass for not bringing his notebook to class or not having materials in general. If they just took the time to talk to these kids or get to know them at all, they’d have come to realize that one worked all night long with his mother cleaning up churches and fast food places to help her pay the rent. That’s why he was falling asleep in their class. Or another that had 5 younger siblings and a mom that worked two jobs. As soon as she came home from school, she was basically their mother. That’s why her homework wasn’t her best effort. Another didn’t have pencils, paper, or access to a computer because his dad, mom, younger bother, and two little sisters were all living out of a van after being kicked out of their apartment for not paying the rent.
Instead of getting pissed off, just figure out what’s going on. A little bit of tenderness and compassion goes a long way and it’s not so much out of pocket to have a stash of extra pencils and paper in the classroom. It may seem small, but it’s one less thing they have to worry about.