Hood College Leadership of Education by Jaquial Durham Article Presentation presentation for one chapterI am student in leadership of education the cours i

Hood College Leadership of Education by Jaquial Durham Article Presentation presentation for one chapterI am student in leadership of education the cours is public school administration so I want the reflection in the end of the presentation based on that Running head: LEADERSHIP OF EDUCATION
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Article summary
In the article, my academic journey to higher learning, Jaquial Durham narrates his life
struggles and notes striking similarities to Kendrick Lamar’s songs. Jaquial begins his story the
moment he realized he was college material and decided to pursue academics instead of athletics
(Jaquial, n.d). At this moment, his self-esteem heightened, and his morale reached new heights.
He struggled to make it through the complicated education pipeline in South Carolina and
experienced both emotional and social trauma.
To make matters worse, his father was incarcerated to 20 years for a drug conviction.
This was a familiar story because, in African American families, one out of 9 children has a
parent incarcerated. Jaquial wanted to be like his father, selling drugs, and because he felt
nobody cared about his emotional and social needs. Jaquial then brings to light a recipe of people
who helped shaped his values and beliefs, beginning with Dr. James, barber Smiley and
Davidson Family. Despite the odds, Jaquial was able to achieve his dreams and would eventually
graduate as a first-generation college graduate at WSSU.
Reflection
The article by Jaquial Durham is both informative and attention-grabbing, in part because
of the way the author parallels his struggles with that of Kendrick Lamar. The article is even
more meaningful and insightful to my major in the leadership of education. The question of
identity plays a vital role in a student’s life. If not adequately addressed, the lack of a proper
sense of identity and belonging can affect their lives in considerable ways. The search for
identity entails thinking about one’s ethnicity, religious views, close friends and values. Every
student’s life is filled with struggles, ups and downs to understand and know where they belong.
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This was a similar problem faced by Jaquial during his college days. He interacted with students
from diverse backgrounds and experienced identity crisis in a school which was 94 per cent,
White. He would soon get used to seeing confederate flags around the school compound. This
confusion and shock played a vital role in search of identity. In its many forms, identity
influences how we perceive and react to the world around us. Personal identity has both religious
and cultural dimensions and shapes how we interact with the world.
Like Jaquial in college, many students have little understanding of what is expected of
them. The fact that culturally diverse students are placed in the same classroom is an exciting
thing to note for a person pursuing the leadership of education. Many students, like Jaquial, go
through emotional and social trauma but do not have anyone to help them out. Few have the
privilege of having a mentor and godfather to help them navigate through an identity crisis. This
is especially the case for the less privileged groups who come from poor backgrounds where
criminal behaviour is more prevalent. If students are not helped to understand themselves while
in school, their dreams will be shattered. Many have unsolved conflicts, and the conditions at
school may worsen or lessen these conflicts. Jaquial experienced emotional and social trauma in
college, partly because of the way his environment at home shaped his view of the world. He
wanted to sell drugs and lead to the kind of life his father had, which eventually led to his
incarceration. There is a need for good leadership to help students overcome emotional and
social shock when studying in a culturally diverse environment. Some will cause trouble and be
expelled because they confused and have not found a sense of belonging in their new learning
environments.
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Reference
Jaquial D Durham (n.d). Good Kid, M.AA.d City: My academic journey to higher learning.
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