December 2018 Principal's Blog: Black Boy Magic

December 2018 Principal's Blog: Black Boy Magic
December 2018

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." -1 Timothy 4:12

Here at Bishop Walker School for Boys, our boys have an opportunity to spend their formative years learning and growing among peers that look like them. They are sheltered from the harsh and brutal realities of what it means to be black and male in America and can solely focus on figuring out how they learn. They can pack their malleable minds with knowledge and strength. As teachers and administrators, we have an opportunity to pour into these leaders of tomorrow all the grace, wisdom and courage we've grown over our lives. We can speak their greatness into existence and, through shared commitment to their spiritual and intellectual growth, uplift them so that when they leave the BWS bubble, they are fortified with the belief that no matter what the world throws at them they are kings on the rise and created in God's image.

At BWS, we understand that for boys to learn, they must immediately buy-in. Unlike girls, boys need to be committed to the learning process early, and it is the educator's job to excite them. Here we teach through demonstration; we open up the avenues of curiosity and learning by putting the end product of the lesson on display first. We bait the curious young minds of our population by enticing them with practice before theory. In this way, our boys use their whole-selves to develop their minds. We meet them where they are, and from there we help them to soar.

A school dedicated to teaching boys is a test of an educator's physical and intellectual prowess. An institution dedicated to teaching black boys is a blessing and an opportunity to prepare them to fight against the stereotypes and fear they will face. Educating them is enchanting, but then again black boys are magic.