There is no freedom without choice. I know that’s pretty basic. Anyone who thinks about freedom for five minutes could easily come to that conclusion, and I know I’m not the first to say it, but I think it’s profound. The struggle for freedom is as old as humanity itself. There have always been those who try to limit freedom—limit choices—for certain groups, and for … Continue reading Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence
“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucious I’m still reeling from the gut punch after learning of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet referencing the Planet of the Apes when referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer, and Black woman. And just minutes ago I learned of Roseanne’s 2013 tweet referencing an ape and Susan Rice, another Black woman. Gut punch times two. … Continue reading Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?
I am a wannabe Francophone. I like to think that French is my language, but the truth is I’m bad it. If I were to immerse myself in the French culture for one year, even with three years of French under my belt, I would still be very bad it. Not this group of newcomers. STEM Preparatory Academy recently celebrated a group of fifth graders matriculating … Continue reading In Less Than A Year, STEM Prep Masterfully Flips The Script for English Learners
“I go on and on, can’t understand how I last so long, I must have superpowers.” – Too $hort At a recent principals meeting, Nashville’s director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph played the above lyrics by rapper Too $hort. What came next exceeded all manner of ridiculous. School board member Jill Speering filed a civil rights complaint against the director – just a few … Continue reading #blowthewhistle
I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week
I’ll be brief. Teacher Appreciation Week and Charter Schools Week take their final bow for 2018, but, as a nation, we have failed to properly honor teachers and charters. Teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona have hit the streets, leaving behind students and standards, to demand more pay. And, in recent months, charter schools have been accused of segregation. Yeah, that happened. Locally, … Continue reading Let’s Be Honest About Who Deserves Choice
Nashville is the picture of progress. It’s the city you want to live, play and work in. Music, hockey, football, soccer, art, restaurants, food trucks, old homes, new condos, great parks, hospitality. To outsiders, we have it all. But if you are moving to the area, the picture of progress abruptly shifts as a realtor paints another visual completely opposite of the one it plays … Continue reading A City’s Priorities Are Exposed And Education Is Not On The List