Distance Studying, COVID-19 Pose Challenges to Educators, Directors and Mother and father
David Anderson has been an educator in the growing field of learning and youth development for over 15 years and is located in the under-resourced and predominantly diverse neighborhoods of Compton, Lynwood, and Bellflower in southeast Los Angeles.
Anderson, Think Together general manager of the Southeast Los Angeles area, leads a team of role models who help students through a curriculum to enrich the area.
A passionate advocate of the educational equity required in the public school system, Anderson has found that a successful career in college and post-graduate is a requirement.
This year, Anderson and his team have coached more than 17,000 students in both distance learning and personal assistance, with nearly 84 percent of the color students.
Anderson told Black Press USA that students, parents, teachers and color administrators face different challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The biggest challenge for many of the color students we serve is engagement. Students face inefficient resources, have little excitement to study, and are born without being surrounded by the role models and motivations that drive a child to dream, work hard, and be successful, ”noted Anderson.
He said the students his team serves are mostly students of color, born with no choice, and not enlightened to dream.
“Parents of color students are often asked to care for their children without the resources and support they need for themselves,” said Anderson.
“These parents have a lack of resources, little time for mental and physical health, and limited time for communication and socio-emotional support for their children. This creates an unhealthy and tired environment that absorbs the energy and will to keep working hard and make it through with hope. It is next to impossible for parents to progress and be their child’s support and motivation when they are exhausted and don’t believe that more harder work can improve the lives of themselves and their families. “
Schools offer students an oasis of learning.
At the same time, teachers and administrators work together to find, in person and virtually, innovative ways to make learning fun and to help students support the academic journey of students and provide opportunities for enrichment that color students are not exposed to and that they themselves are can not afford .
“Our students don’t pay $ 3,000 to $ 15,000 to learn teamwork and confidence building through activities like esports, coding, sailing, and photography. These color students also can’t afford a sports coach to help the student develop their mastery in a sport in order to be truly competitive at a young age, ”said Anderson.
“Without school, these students are not exposed to the financial literacy or the growing unlimited STEM and tech careers that a child may aspire to with their parents or family working in these industries,” he added.
“In school, color students learn civic engagement, leadership, entrepreneurship and how to bring about a generational change. In particular, through adversity, teachers and color managers have the cloak of leadership to build a system to support current students advancement, successful careers and lives, and these adult students can provide a framework for the next generation of students to be born into Living with choices.
“The next generation of students should be exposed at home to role models who are familiar with topics and careers they may become passionate about, who have the goals, the will, and belief in themselves to work hard and make their dreams come true to let.”
The educator also noted that color students and educators still face another barrier: balance.
“Regardless of your work and school environment, everyone faces challenges. If you are lucky enough to still have a job, you can work and teach from home. When you’re a parent or carer, working from home comes with the challenge of balancing home and work responsibilities, ”said Anderson.
“There are heroes in this work who are considered essential. These essential people have a responsibility to be extra careful because, whether they have loved ones or not, their health supports the well-being of others. Beyond the balance between home, work, and responsibility, it’s about balance and high-level performance versus simply completing tasks.
“People currently have the will; Often, however, they have neither the time nor the energy to be the best performer and the greatest performer every day if they didn’t have to balance.
“For sustainability, mental and physical health, it is important to reconcile achieving the highest level with ensuring effectiveness and success, and to simply give our best at a certain moment. Your best is enough. “