Umoja describes the First Day of Kwanza in Chicago at the Harold Washington Cultural Center; Dr. Umar Johnson, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist, was a Keynote Speaker along with a line of talented Artists. Johnson is facing a legal challenge with the Commonwealth State of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs aka the State Board of Psychology.
The first day of Kwanzaa was beautiful. If you’re not familiar with Kwanzaa don’t trip. Kwanzaa is an “African American” seven-day cultural experience recognized each year from December 26-January 1. The seven-day principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Co-operative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kummba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).
Set aside all of that, he came through the land and dropped Jewels that are worthy of sharing with Urban (Black) Parents. As a Mentor, I consider this information to be a necessary conversation especially for young parents. Most parents aren’t educated on the business of “Education”, and it’s a major responsibility that they are enlighten, so that they can properly do business with them.
Never go to a school meeting by yourself
Do not get your child evaluated if they are in 3rd Grade and under. Philosophical labels are used to diagnose them; not physical, medical, scientific results.
Don’t communicate over the phone, always do it in writing via emails or written documents.
Stop telling the school your business. (*inform your children of this too)
Know that you have a right to a second opinion, especially if they’re claiming your child has special education needs. Legally the school will pay for the qualified specialist of your choice to evaluate your child for a second opinion.
Do your research and understand the policies that govern education. Don’t just leave it at that either, as a parent know what education is to be able to determine what kind of education your child should receive. What a wonderful way to spend Umoja! It was a pleasure to learn better methods and theories to aid in helping us have a better understanding of developing our children.
Dr. Johnson is in the works of deciding of where he will plant his first school. He’s deciding between Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago. He’s had some conflicts along the way because he wasn’t getting any returned phone calls from real estate interest. He’s been having other partners and associates call to inquiry about the real estate. We’ll be contacting Dr. Umar Johnson to obtain more information about his plans with FDMG. His mission is to continue uniting the people, to properly educate our boys, and to develop a institution also for our girls. His goal is to create a educational institution that will aid children to tap into their true intelligence which has been underdeveloped by the public school system, for centuries.
Hopefully I hear from Doc soon, I’ll keep you updated.