Not Only in the Deep South

by Nancy Hines DEd



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/10/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 238
ISBN : 9781665756280
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 238
ISBN : 9781665756297
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 238
ISBN : 9781665756273

About the Book

NOT Only in the Deep South is Dr. Hines' attempt to validate the damaging practices she unknowingly engaged in early in her career and adamantly fought against later in her career while working in several different public school settings that are located above the Mason-Dixon line. Her heartfelt account is designed to serve as both a memoir and a primer that will present a clear call to action for those educators and school stakeholders who are committed to equitable student outcomes to satisfy not only their moral obligations but also to help extinguish generational poverty and blight that continues to plague many communities that lack not only privilege but also advocacy.

About the Author

Dr. Hines accumulated extensive experience working in diverse public school settings and first began her career teaching science to non-college bound students who needed credit to meet high school graduation requirements. She quickly learned that many of these students were highly capable but had minimal foundational knowledge. They also lacked confidence as learners, and traditional grading practices suggested these students had limited potential and promise. As her professional responsibilities increased when she entered public school adminstration, Dr. Hines recognized a phenomenon that included a generational disconnect between the school system and her former students who had now become the parents and guardians of the next generation of marginalized students whose interests were not a priority within the larger school system. Dr. Hines’ lens specific to equity was further extended after her youngest child entered the same system in which she had worked for many years. As she examined this child’s experiences from middle school and beyond in the same educational system and compared them to the experiences of her three older daughters, she concluded that this child’s experiences were distinctly different. Although she felt wiser and more capable as an older and better educated parent, this younger child struggled repeatedly. It became quite apparent to Dr. Hines that the determining factor in the differing school experiences was likely due to race. Unlike her older sisters, Dr. Hines’ youngest daughter identifies as a Black female. This realization inspired Dr. Hines to reflect and revisit the many decisions she had made as an educator and to recognize the many flawed decisions she had made in her career, along with the now-glaring examples of systemic racism she had been oblivious to in the past.