Her Expulsion Regret Creates Program that Reduces Suspension by 40%
Let’s face it. How often do we hear an educator openly admits he/she made a mistake? Seldom. So when I started reading Ms. Hanks’ regret of making a mistake, I was hooked, stunned by her brutal honesty and courage.
A news story featured her in the Washington Post in 2016. The occasion: her speech at the Teach for America summit. There were 1000 pairs of eyes from her fellow educators staring at her. Yet, she fearlessly delivered her key message: a lot of them possess an “unconscious bias” on colored students and contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
She told the audience, “I know that’s hard to hear. But yes, you and I, intelligent, well-intentioned warriors of equity — we contribute to the pipeline.”