Just Listen to Me

“I really didn’t like school until I came to Promise Academy,” says Jamill Jackson, a student at the Roberts Vaux Promise Academy in Philadelphia. “I really didn’t wake up until high school.”

Watch this video of Jackson and his schoolmate Brandon Rose explaining why having teachers and school administrators who listen to them has made the difference in their education and in their lives.

  • Tamara Williams

    All I can say is wonderful

  • Wayne Thomas

    Please continue your exposure on this issue because our African-American young men are being marginalized and being piplined into the prison system. We need a revolution to change this paradigm. Enjoy your programs (Smiley and West, and PRI), but this was truely necessary. Thanks and God Bless.

  • nailah

    ditto to tamara’s comment

  • Ralph Walter

    Great piece for our young Black men to see a different side of Life.. Change is Supreme!!

  • Luis South

    Students and staff being moved around arbitrarily within the school system and individual anger issues are typical problems in America’s uban reality. Thanks for the sincere interview to bring this out. We’ll see how the reality of downward economics changes the landscape. Hopefully most will now understand we can’t afford not to pay attention to bad management policy and people not listening to each other.

  • Claire

    This is a compelling subject and primary concern for everyone.

  • Graciela Costa

    I always listen to my students, what kind of teacher will be if not, but when I see them walking away from my class when I demand good behavior and high expectations, this is another story. They have excuses: I can’t see well in the back,… moved to front also I can’t see…this class is my weakness… I want to go to nurse…I want to drink water…I am hungry…, I am a native foreign language teacher and I think here we are spoiling too much.

  • Steven Fields

    I still can’t believe with the turning of the century only ten years ago, this education system has yet to deal effective with the issue of African-American males in the schools and their lack of performance. I do believe in the thought that families need to be encouraged and empower to help their youth get as much out of education. One thing I see is the lack of accountability of African-American men in general. To be an effective mentor, does not require a college degree. Every African-American male should be able no matter their background, criminal history, orientation, or any other factors to assist with the development of the community young African-American population. For too long we have try to provide these” soon to be men”, role models with the perfect background and education but I grow up in a black neighborhood that had a diversiy of african american male role models, each of which gave me different experiences, worldly advice and guidance and the most important support and encouragement. All African-American men need to reach back and pull up their younger brothers and lift them.

  • Karen E. Dabney

    LISTEN UP! We expect them to even if we don’t reciprocate. Not gonna happen.

  • Ingrid M. Gonzalez-Castillo

    I’m presently working at a middle school in Liberty City, FL in a program that is specifically targeting the dropout crisis in America, and this could not have come at a better time. I need this perspective and the reminder that caring is enough when I’m limited in what I can actually change. Thank you!

  • Carol Vaughan-Davis

    Wonderful story. These child just need to know someone CARES. I applaud Tavis Smiley et al. for addressing an issue that when addressed early enough could make the world a much better place. Children are the future. We need to reclaim ours.

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