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Borne Scripted


by Bonnie Lynn Tolson — August 22, 2013

We are not responsible for the contents of the scripts we were handed at birth as Americans—as teachers, but we are responsible for the edits. Reality exists in our minds and nowhere else. It is not out there, but inside us. Progress begins simply by changing our minds. Teachers make a difference in urban education. White female middle-class teachers represent 84 percent of Americas’ teachers. For teachers who are willing to change their minds, their cultural narrative about themselves and their students’ school success is possible in urban America. Create and tell a life-affirming story.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 22, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17228, Date Accessed: 10/23/2014 1:52:51 PM

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  • Bonnie Tolson
    University of Hawaii
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    BONNIE LYNN TOLSON is a teacher, counselor, public speaker, performance poet, artist and a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Hawaii. She is passionately engaged in educational and creative endeavors in public schools, colleges and the broader community. Bonnie earned her B.A. degree in Art Education from Sterling College, a M.S. degree in Urban Education from Kansas State University and a M.A. degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri. Bonnie penned Naturally Nappy a book of poetry and drawings, she also writes essays and short stories.
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