Educator and Journalist, Taki S. Raton, Talks About Old School (And, Why Blacks Need To Go Back To It)
Taki S. Raton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He is former founder and principal of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee. Operating under the African Centered instructional and student-centered developmental model, this all-Black private school served area children from 1998 to 2008 in K4 through 8th grade learning levels. A writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World Historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues, Raton is additionally host of the weekly Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on the Harambee Radio & TV Internet Broadcast network.
His work and authorship in the education of African American youth has been referenced in A House Divided No More – Time for Indigenous Communal Healing (James, 2011), “Why aren’t African Centered charters running turnarounds” (Herold, “The NoteBook” – February 2011), “The Afro-Centric Education Debate Alive in Milwaukee” (Asmerom, The Atlanta Post – November 22, 2010) Brother to Brother – A Message of Hope (James, 2008), American Journal of Education (Merry and New, 2008), and Why our children hate us – How Black adults have betrayed Black children (Grimes and Slaughter, 2006).
He is a contributing writer for The Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Courier newspapers. His series “Young, Gifted & Black” appears bi-monthly in the Courier highlighting exemplar achievements of African American youth elementary through college. Twenty-six articles will have been published under this banner marking its first year continuous series run as of February 22, 2013. He further organized and moderated two panel presentations on Tom Burrell’s book Brainwashed in Milwaukee at UW-M on May 7, 2010 and at Chicago’s Black Star Project on July 31, 2010. Raton has and currently assist in a consultantship capacity with private schools in obtaining their pre-accreditation and accreditation standard requirements.
Under the co-sponsorship of 100 Black Men Chicago and Milwaukee chapters, Mr. Raton has over the past four years from 2009 through 2012 respectively coordinated the bus coach trip of a total 65 top African American seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison for the annual Honors Student Reception in Chicago. Joining over 200 other Chicago area seniors, these select Southeast Wisconsin achievers are invited to interact with national college and university representatives to explore admissions and scholarship opportunities. Invitational student criteria include 3.3 GPA and 23 cum or above on the ACT.