Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Strikes Nerve with Parents

Netflix has done it again. Doing what it does best by creating a series sure to build up a buzz and bolstering its already ridiculous viewership. This time, though, its parents of impressionable adolescents who are talking about the new series 13 Reasons Why. Bad group to offend. Here, mom, former teacher and education blogger, Erika Sanzi warns that the new youth-targeted series based on … Continue reading Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Strikes Nerve with Parents

Must We Politicize the Top High Schools Ranking To Advance School Choice?

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Honestly folks, you can’t talk about education these days without defending your love or disdain for school choice. Sure, there are varying levels of support and opposition on either side, but bets are a position will be taken and its honor will be fiercely defended. Typically, the battle gets heated when the notion of charter schools rears its controversial … Continue reading Must We Politicize the Top High Schools Ranking To Advance School Choice?

Black Teachers Really Matter In The Lives of Black Students

A recent Johns Hopkins University study concluded that Black students with at least one Black teacher in their school careers are more likely to graduate high school and consider college enrollment. That having just one teacher that looks like them informs a student’s educational future is a powerful conclusion. Since the release of this study, there have been several companion pieces supporting the importance of … Continue reading Black Teachers Really Matter In The Lives of Black Students

Nashville’s Prosperity Rests on Backs of Unhoused, Over-Jailed, and Undereducated

In recent years, Nashville has been at the top of many lists: friendliest, best music life, growing food scene, and one of the best places to live and work. Yes, from the looks of it, Nashville is the place to be, the It City (another list); the kind of place big cities want to emulate and small towns want to become. Thanks to these lists … Continue reading Nashville’s Prosperity Rests on Backs of Unhoused, Over-Jailed, and Undereducated

2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not

It’s Day 3 of TNReady, Tennessee’s renamed standardized test, and so far, so good! You may remember last year’s fatal glitches, but by all accounts, this year’s tests are smooth sailing. Check out Commissioner Candace McQueen below: TNReady is off to a successful start! Thousands of students have taken TNReady online with even more showing what they know on paper pic.twitter.com/5iXxq3ls77 — TN Dept of … Continue reading 2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not

Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope

Religious or not, it’s hard not to get swept up in this season of renewal and hope. I have needed a change of scenery after spending so much time calling out deficits in our education system and the acceptance of underperformance of students of color that is baked into our culture. Not to mention the stories of faux pas’, war, and death that take up most of the real estate … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope

Pay for Performance Makes Sense to Me, But I’m Just a Blogger [Vanderbilt Study: Teacher Merit Pay]

Once upon a time, the topic of merit pay (also known as incentive pay and pay-for-performance) was hot button issue for the players in the education game in Nashville. The teacher’s union was strongly against it, while business and political leaders were crowdfunding to finance an incentive plan. In 2010, Vanderbilt University released the first scientific study ever conducted on the impact of merit pay on student test … Continue reading Pay for Performance Makes Sense to Me, But I’m Just a Blogger [Vanderbilt Study: Teacher Merit Pay]