Tennessee: Replace Hate and Ignorance With Love and Tolerance, For the Children

In February, an 8th grade social studies class in (wealthy) Brentwood, TN was given a homework assignment for Black History Month that required them to “create a list of expectations for your family’s slave.” Shortly after the Brentwood incident, a school in neighboring Columbia, TN came under fire for an eager teacher who asked students “would you rather be a slave or shot and killed?” … Continue reading Tennessee: Replace Hate and Ignorance With Love and Tolerance, For the Children

To The Rabble Rousers, A Good Friday Message

“He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. They called him a rabble-rouser. They called him a troublemaker. They said he was an agitator. He practiced civil disobedience; he broke injunctions. And so he was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. And the irony of it all is that his friends turned him … Continue reading To The Rabble Rousers, A Good Friday Message

Black Nashville Takes A Stand For Students and Embattled Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

I didn’t want to go. I had no interest in attending an event billed as a rally for youth and Dr. Shawn Joseph during a time the embattled director of schools is fighting for a contract renewal. “What good,” I asked myself, “could a Thursday night church rally of Black community members and leaders do to bridge the school board/director divide, repair broken relationships between … Continue reading Black Nashville Takes A Stand For Students and Embattled Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

When Your Privilege Gets Out-Privileged: A Pro-Public Education Nightmare

The earth-shattering, social media-rocking news about filthy rich people buying their children admissions into big-time universities sent me into a tailspin and not for the obvious reasons. As someone who vehemently believes in the power of a family’s right to choose the school that best fits their child, my anger from yesterday’s news targeted the privileged parents who work like hell to protect an education system created … Continue reading When Your Privilege Gets Out-Privileged: A Pro-Public Education Nightmare

Saturday Night (XQ) Live in Nashville, A Celebration Of Schooling Reimagined

I spent the weekend thinking about how we do high school in America and for the first time in a long time, I found myself in a space that was 100 percent student-focused. This space also gave parents in the audience permission to dream about schooling made-to-order, rather than a pre-packaged freeze-dried way of doing things way past its expiration date. First, I must start … Continue reading Saturday Night (XQ) Live in Nashville, A Celebration Of Schooling Reimagined

Nashville Mom: “Purpose Prep Changed the Course of My Daughter’s Life”

Today happens to be school selection results day and tens of thousands of families spent the weekend with stomachs filled with butterflies waiting to find out if Lady Luck or the Woman Upstairs worked on their behalf.  I vividly remember the angst of those days leading up to Education Fate Day. At the time, my family had fewer choices as charter schools were not an … Continue reading Nashville Mom: “Purpose Prep Changed the Course of My Daughter’s Life”

During Black History Month, A Community Works To Keep Black Excellence A Thing Of The Past

Even though Black History Month is a whopping twenty-eight days, I had to take a break. As adults across the country Google “black history” to find popular quotes and identities of successful Black thinkers, athletes, and performers, black students sit in schools with little chance to achieve the heights of those they’ve been told is worthy of celebration. I’m taking a break from BHM because … Continue reading During Black History Month, A Community Works To Keep Black Excellence A Thing Of The Past