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

Tennessee Is A Hotbed of Hypocrisy and Hate, #CleanHouse

“I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you. And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are. We like fixing things and holding mama’s hand. Yeah we’re just alike. Hey, ain’t we, dad? I wanna do everything you do. So I’ve been watching you.” – Rodney Atkins At the close of the 111th legislative … Continue reading Tennessee Is A Hotbed of Hypocrisy and Hate, #CleanHouse

Tennessee Clumsily Waltzes Into The World Of Private School Tuition Assistance

Say the word voucher without a hint of vitriol in the company of hardcore Democrats and you have effectively declared war. Last week, my timeline was littered with white people calling other white people racist in response to the Great Voucher Battle of 2019 at the Tennessee State Capital. I understand the anger, but, uh, some of the name-callers should absolutely refrain from pulling the … Continue reading Tennessee Clumsily Waltzes Into The World Of Private School Tuition Assistance

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

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

Valor Collegiate Takes Educating The Whole Child To Another Level

Imagine a classroom of teens sitting in a circle while sharing life’s difficulties and celebrations with peers who are actively listening and willing to publicly offer a hug or a pat on the back. Yes, a world where adolescent behavior is the goal, not a punchline. One of Tennessee’s highest performing charter school networks is receiving national acclaim for its implementation of a robust social-emotional … Continue reading Valor Collegiate Takes Educating The Whole Child To Another Level

Tennessee Law To Criminalize Parents’ Clothing; Literacy Rate Gets Pass

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