Marva Collins was a former substitute teacher who spent a majority of her life educating poor black students in the Chicago area.  In 1975, Collins cashed in her $5,000 in pension savings and opened the Westside Preparatory School—a private school.

She started with only four students and charged $80 a month in tuition.  Her school eventually grew to over 200 children offering classes from prekindergarten through the eighth grade.   It stayed in operation for over 30 years.

This brief clip gives more information on this extraordinary woman who was adamant on not allowing her students to fail.  She once said, “Kids don’t fail.  Teachers fail, school systems fail. The people who teach children that they are failures—they are the problem.”

You see teaching what you know is very rewarding both spiritually and financially!


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"Mastering You" is about helping African American's to see their value in this world. I post only positive stories and information about what African American's have contributed to society in the past and currently. I don't post anything about Sports, Entertainment, Religion, or Politics. I also don't post anything that has a negative spin. While I am aware that there are negative things happening all over the world and that most people focus on the above four topics when it comes to African American's that is not my goal. If all you heard was negativity about any race that's all you will come to expect from them and everything else will be out of the norm. My goal is to show everyone that the negativity is often out of the norm, or at best they are equal to the positive. Just like every other race.
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