An African-centered Education
What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one “dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.” (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1993, pp. 91–92)
Much like Santiago, it was a dream that started me on this journey. The universe was giving me an omen, speaking to me concerning my preparedness to create an optimal educational experience for children of color, specifically African American children. In my dream, I was leading the children toward a destination. The children were depending on me to safely lead them and moved in lockstep with me. They obediently followed my direction and only became distracted when I began to demonstrate my own ramping levels of unsoundness and concern. At that point, chaos and confusion prevailed and the conclusion of this virtuous and benign endeavor was destruction of the children while I looked on in paralyzed horror. I think what I found most challenging about the dream was that once the children began to seek their own solutions for the problem of crossing the street safely,...
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