Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
My career and passion for education is one of the strongest qualities of who I am and my identity. When God blessed me with the undying enthusiasm for working with students in urban areas my life completely changed. This is why Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite bible verses. Throughout the years as I have journeyed through my career I have had unwavering faith that God will bring me to where he needs me to be in order to become the best at what I do. The purpose of this blog is to be a testimony to others who are struggling to find their passion and a resource to fellow educators who have had troubles and bumps along their journey.
The reason I chose the name “CareFreeKhalil” partly surrounds the hashtag #CareFreeBlackBoy. I believe that with so much that plagues the black community it is important to still find happiness and positivity knowing that the systems that perpetuate racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression will be dismantled. On the other hand, I do think that focusing so much on being “carefree” can become problematic and make us blind to what is happening. To me, it is a balance between being aware but also allowing yourself to be happy as a form of activism in the face oppression. There is just something so powerful about not letting the oppressors steal our joy that it can truly become a movement. I also believe #CareFreeBlackBoy promotes healthy masculinity. It is so rare to see black men be their authentic selves because of how society tells them a man should behave. Very seldom do we see black men being portrayed in the media as happy, emotionally vulnerable, sensitive human beings with the ability to express emotions other than anger. Being care free means to let go of the boundaries society places on us to be stoic and quiet in expression but to completely be who you want! If you want to laugh, then laugh, if you want to cry, then cry! It is time for us as men to allow ourselves to be comfortable expressing who we are and not to care how we are looked at or judged. I strongly believe in incorporating this ideology with my male students and showing them that it is okay to be who they are. Healthy masculinity starts when we teach them while they are young.
Education is one of many keys to societal and structural change in this country. I will document my long path to educating youth to realize their potential in this blog, and how I have changed and grown in the process. Please enjoy this story, because it’s a long one filled with highs, lows, and everything in between. Stay blessed.