About Mildred Antenor
Mildred Antenor is a Haitian-American social commentator and professor who has been featured in several New York City metro media outlets. She is a regular commentator on NPR-Affiliate radio station, WBGO 88.3FM. She shares her views and opinions on the topics of women's issues, Haitian culture, and education.
For the first time in our nation's history, women now represent half of all workers and are becoming the primary sole providers in more families than ever before. These two facts have far reaching consequences to our government, businesses and faith-based communities. Clearly, this country is now what many call "A Woman's Nation". As a matter of fact the state of California has launched a national project calling it just that, "A Woman's Nation" to study this growing trend. Those involved will research , report and have roundtable discussions across the country on this tipping point. Those working on the project will also discuss the economic, cultural and educational implications and get recommendations from community leaders and experts on how to respond to this growing population shift.
On the local front, there are some additional things we can do in our own communities. We can teach girls that it's okay to be a firefighter, an engineer or airline pilot. We can show boys that it is acceptable to be an event planner, office manager or social worker. I really think that by hitting this problem light years ahead with our youth, we can make a sizeable dent not only with abolishing the traditional career idea for men and women, but, by breaking the pay scale barriers that have always created a disparity between men and women.
Haiti's history is rich, deep and very complex.
The fact that Haitians won their independence through a very bloody 13-year war against Napoleon's army points to the strength and tenacity of the Haitian people.
Did you know that in 1799 over 500 Haitian soldiers came to Savannah Georgia to help American soldiers fight against the British in what was called the Siege of Savannah. A large number of Haitian men lost their lives on U.S. soil.
Did you know that after Haiti became an independent nation, that in 1822 Haiti invaded the Spanish colony of what is now called the Dominican Republic and ended slavery and colonialism there too, helping the Dominican Republic gain its independence?
Did you know that a Haitian man by the name of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable founded the city of Chicago?
There are several facts about Haiti's history and its people that we here at MildredAntenor.com will bring to the forefront while at the same time, exploring ways of helping the country in the aftermath of the earthquake of January 2010.
Teachers and public schools are looked upon as the evil that should be remedied when in fact it is our values and attitude towards education that should be repaired.
The current blame against teachers is demoralizing and will do nothing to fix our ailing school system. We cannot afford to give up on our public schools. The money being pumped into the public schools is not the answer to the failing school system. The real viable solution has to do with social welfare for children and society's attitude towards education in the first place. We live in a country that says that education is an important cornerstone in our society however, we place little value and respect on education and our teachers. Education can't do it alone, parents, administrators, teachers and yes---even students need to pull their own weight in order to remedy our diseased educational system.
Reform is certainly inevitable but it needs to come by way of how we view educators, the students role in his/her own education and a richer curriculum. There should be more emphasis placed on writing courses, history---all history that includes Native American history, black history, women's studies, art and music history as well as thorough financial literacy.