Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say,
“They don’t pay me to like the kids.”
“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’”
A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
Why listen to Rita ?
For the past decade, Pierson conducted professional development workshops and seminars for thousands of educators. Focusing on the students who are too often under-served, she lectured on topics like “Helping Under-Resourced Learners,”“Meeting the Educational Needs of African American Boys” and “Engage and Graduate your Secondary Students: Preventing Dropouts.”
Pierson passed away in June 2013.
“Parents make decisions for their children based on what they know, what they feel will make them safe. And it is not our place [as educators] to say what they do is ‘wrong.’ It’s our place to say maybe we can add a set of rules that they don’t know about.”