Opinion: Parents, let kids know they're great
Children are starving for positive feedback and expressions of confidence in their abilities to achieve, says Marsha Johnson.
March 14th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

Opinion: Parents, let kids know they're great

Editor's note: Marsha Sampson Johnson advocates for full inclusion of women and people of color in all work environments in her work as a writer and speaker. She is a retired senior executive from a Fortune 500 company and has held a variety of executive positions, including in talent management, human resources and corporate diversity.

By Marsha Johnson, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Kudos to the Department of Education for a new study documenting that black students, especially boys, receive much harsher discipline than other students in public schools. Many black people would tell you they knew this already, but it generally takes data for institutional change to occur.

The coverage of the study in The New York Times last week got me thinking about what needs to be done. While we must attack the problem on multiple fronts, one part of the solution will not be found in scholarly journals or five-point plans. It is sleeping deep in our histories and needs to be awakened and put to work.

It is the communal love of our children. Not just one or two of us doing it, and not just when it is convenient or our children are behaving and excelling. Children in trouble need caring and confidence-building now - right now.

Read Marsha  Sampson's full column

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  1. Rebeca

    I love books of this type and so does my husband. Sometimes we read them tohetger outloud. I'd love to win this. It helps pass the time away as we travel and we are going to be travelling in a little less than a month. This looks like one that will keep our eyes open!

    April 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dduke

    be nice to the nigglettes

    March 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    sure stroke their egos to the point where peter is playing with barbies while in a pink tutu.when peter throws a hissy fit because american taxpayers object to paying for his gender reassignment therapy and hormone therapy i will say earn it yourself peter puffer.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |