After thirty months of observing the director of schools’ performance and intense media scrutiny, sometimes writing in support of the man and other times throwing shade on his administration, my effort to rise above the fray and focus on the children recently fell victim to the noise. It got personal. The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but it’s now screaming. … Continue reading The Writing On The Wall: WE ARE FAILING METRO SCHOOLS STUDENTS. DO THE THING THAT SAVES THEM.
There are no handbooks to parenting your child. I don’t remember reading anything warning me of the morning battles between the first attempt to wake my child[ren] and finally tumbling out the front door. Then there’s a daily storm of school stuff, social situations, health, homework, after-school activities, meals, and life. It’s hard. Parents are blamed for low reading scores and low performance of entire … Continue reading Tennessee Law To Criminalize Parents’ Clothing; Literacy Rate Gets Pass
Two years ago, I sat in a diversity sensitivity training for new teachers led by a friend who’d asked me to attend for emotional support. The room filled with youthful exuberance and confidence, mostly white and female, would soon be unceremoniously doused by my friend’s real-life examples of grave educational injustices inflicted upon children of color and stories of parents and grandparents fighting like hell to … Continue reading Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board
It’s New Year’s Eve and by now you’ve come across a plethora of posts daring you, bullying you to leave behind various people, ideas, social media behavior in 2018. Annoying, but if it declutters your timeline and disciplines your social media behavior, then go Kondo (the Japanese art of organizing). You’ve probably also read/glanced at 4,000 “best of 2018” articles/blogs from the authors of said … Continue reading 5 Lessons From 2018 Parents Should Resolve To Take With Them Into The New Year
2018. Woo boy. Lots to unpack, but we’ll circle back to the year that was – next week. In the spirit of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, I’d like to offer readers the gift of information. Sure, it’s like opening up your carefully hung stocking to a neatly rolled pair of thick socks on Christmas morning, but when have you ever not needed socks? Like socks, (ok, stay with … Continue reading 3 Books and a Podcast, Stocking Stuffers For The Parent Who Needs To Know Everything
There is zero entertainment value where fear is the intended outcome. I can think of no reason to celebrate being scared out of my mind. What’s so cool about the post-mortem condition that an entire holiday was created in its honor? Creepy ain’t cool. For this reason, I don’t do Halloween. But these days we don’t need a special day of pretending in order to … Continue reading WARNING: The Most Terrifying Of All Halloween Tales
I have a confession to make. Though it’s not something I feel guilty about, it has been quite disturbing to confront a lifelong conviction; the ease to which I bought into it and the difficulty I’m having shedding it. Like most Generation X’ers, I was taught integration is the only means to a great education for Black children. At six years old I was bussed … Continue reading Unintended Consequences of Integration: What I Thought I Knew Is Challenged