An uplifting front page story in the Buffalo News showing that fathers have a role to play in the education of their children. I hope it brightens your day and deepens your commitment to children and their fathers.
“It helps us grow, too, as fathers, to see the expression on our kids faces…”
At a Buffalo charter school on Monday, organizers invited men to participate in the national eighth annual Million Father March. The event is designed to encourage men to make a commitment to their children’s educational needs to help improve academic achievement.
This particular MFM initiative began in Atlanta in recognition of facts showing that when fathers or male guardians are involved with their children, those children
- do better in school;
- have better attendance;
- are less likely to do drugs;
- are more likely to go to college;
- are less likely to have sex at an early age;
- and are less likely to be involved with the criminal justice system
“A man can only teach a man to be a man. I had plenty of males in my life to teach me right from wrong and to instill values in me,” said [Derek] Middlebrooks, 25.
Contrast this positive effort encouraging Buffalo fathers with my recent post about a California father denied custody of his daughter whose lesbian mothers are incapacitated (one is imprisoned and the other is seriously ill). More initiatives are needed to highlight the positive influence of fathers, particularly black men, in lifting their children out of poverty and guiding them towards success.
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