5 things folks can worry about other than Patrice Brown’s body

This week The Root featured a story about an Atlanta-based teacher, Patrice Brown and her pictures (classroom selfies) that have apparently gone viral and created a debate about whether or not her style of dress is appropriate for a 4th grade teacher. I posted my thoughts, simply stating, “Oh please…is she teaching the babies? That’s all I care about…next!!!” This comment has been received rather positively (over 500 likes) but there have been others who felt a need to help me understand why this teacher and her choice of garb are a national emergency and worthy of several posts worth of commentary.

I am NOT having any of it. Several folks have related to me all the reasons why my opinion is wrong, with ideas ranging from “kids hit puberty at age 10”, to questioning my use of the term “babies” clearly not recognizing it as a figure of speech and the most troubling argument against my position was that “kids will try and feel on that booty”. I find all of these responses and reactions disturbing for a plethora of reasons, but like Ms. Brown’s wardrobe choices, I am not interested in any of that.

As I stated in my initial comment, NEXT!!! Good people, we have so much more that we can and should be concerned about other than what one teacher is wearing. If you are like me and are passionate about the education of our children here are at least 5 things that are more worthy of your time and consideration:

5 Things more important than what Ms. Brown wears to work…

#1 The massive school closings in Chicago and the rampant violence in that city

#2 Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on education

#3 The gifted and talented access gap for black and brown students

#4 Zero tolerance policies and the criminalization of black students

#5 The use of racially insensitive and historically inaccurate teaching materials in public schools.

I invite you to read the articles linked above and delve deeper into these real issues and challenges that our communities face when it come to the education of our children. Share what you learn and open up the dialogue with those in your circle. We have the power to shift the public discourse in the direction where our attention is truly needed. Our children will thank you.

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