About Heather Inks

April 12th, 2010

Heather Inks is an educator who has taught students pre-K through 12th grade as well as adults and teachers in a multitude of subject areas.

Education Can Change the World: Percy Julian

April 12th, 2010

Heather Inks ”The last great hope for the world is education for all the people.” Percy Julian, chemist.

I learned this quote while watching Percy Julian: Forgotten Genuis today. Percy Julian was one of the first Black chemists in the United States of America. He faced mountain after mountain in his struggle to grow up in the early 1900s, get an education, go to college, find a university willing to issue him a degree, and then be hired. Percy Julian sought to help people through chemisty but was forced to work for the paint industry because he was African American. He ended up making discoveries in the paint laboratory that did ultimately help the health of people. While Percy Julian was making world changing discoveries in a chemistry laboratory, other scientists were conducting studies to try to prove that the color of a person’s skin determines educational aptitude and ability.  

The color of the skin, the color of the eyes, and the gender of a person are not indicators of intelligence or potential. It would be wonderful to live in a world that lacked both ignorant and stupid prejudices, assumptions, and conclusions based on skin color or gender.

Educational experiences including exposure to high quality reading materials, interesting educational media, and  knowledgeble teachers or mentors help to develop the intellectual potential–the inner genius–that is in every child and adult.  

The DVD Percy Julian: Forgotten Genuis can be purchased through Amazon here:

NOVA: Percy Julian – Forgotten Genius