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Sista Talk Too


Rochelle Brock

In Sista Talk Too, Rochelle Brock brings meaningful new material which evokes and updates her past examination of Black women in today’s culture. The first Sista Talk: The Personal and the Pedagogical is an inquiry into the questions of how Black women define their existence in a society which devalues, dehumanizes, and silences their beliefs. Placing herself inside of the research, Rochelle Brock invited the reader on a journey of self-exploration, as she and seven of her Black female students investigate their collective journey toward self-awareness in the attempt to liberate their minds and souls from ideological domination. Throughout, Sista Talk attempted to understand the ways in which this self-exploration informs her pedagogy. Combining Black feminist and Afrocentric theory with critical pedagogy, Sista Talk Too frames the parameters for an Afrowomanist pedagogy of wholeness for teaching Black students and strength in dealing with an unpredictable and often unstable view of the future. Rochelle Brock brings us something to be remembered by, chapters and writings from students and colleagues to help us survive and thrive in this world…all in the spirit of love, life, and Oshun.

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Transition: My Manifesto of Education



My Manifesto of Education

What is my philosophy of education? How does it reflect my pedagogical style? How do I understand myself as a teacher? The answers to these questions are constantly changing, growing, because as I learn more about myself, I learn more about my purpose as an educator. I am able to ask the right questions of my students when I am able to ask the right questions of myself. Although there is a common thread, which runs throughout, my philosophy of education is constantly in flux. Of course the more I learn about and experience life, the better able I am to “teach” my students.

I had a discussion with several university colleagues about the concept of “beliefs” and the problem some felt toward that word. Where do I stand? I do hold certain beliefs based on my life assumptions. I also accept that there are certain “facts” and “truths” based on my life experiences. The combination of my beliefs and truths become my philosophy and pedagogy. A truth—The back doors of the educational system are something minority and poor peoples are always fighting to get through. I know that in a system of colonialism, the colonizer has a dual purpose in educating the colonized. The first is socialization into accepting the value system, history, and culture of the dominant society. The second is education for economic productivity. The oppressed are treated like commodities imbued with skills that are...

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