Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

In the Last Decade, A Lot Has Happened in Tennessee Education, Not Much Has Changed

In the 2018 audio documentary Hard Words, Emily Hanford shattered the age-old phonics versus whole language debate with cutting scientific evidence that leaves little room to doubt that phonics is to reading what atoms are to every-thing. Central to Hanford’s report and the resulting national discourse is the failure of colleges of education to prepare future teachers on how to teach reading. At a Loss … Continue reading In the Last Decade, A Lot Has Happened in Tennessee Education, Not Much Has Changed

TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Let’s cut to the chase. Tennessee’s online standardized test administered last April is cloaked in controversy due to widespread technical issues at test time. Educators expressed anger. Lawmakers listened, then uncharacteristically leaped into action resulting in a test that carries no weight unless outcomes can add value. Test results are currently available for public consumption and the conversation, what little of it there is, is clouded … Continue reading TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find

The magic didn’t happen. I fully expected to enter the doors of the event center on the beautiful Belmont University campus, take my general admission seat, hear from five well-spoken, overprepared candidates for governor in the great state of Tennessee and exit the campus with the satisfaction of having met my edu-political soulmate. Alas, the magic eluded me. Political Tinder-ing Though I’ve not participated in … Continue reading Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find

In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening

It’s about to get real in Tennessee politics with the official launch of the gubernatorial election season. Tonight, candidates will participate in the first of many forums and it happens to be devoted to education in Tennessee. Kudos to the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) for recognizing the importance of kickstarting the new year and the road to November with education as the North Star. Continue reading In First Forum of Election Season, Tennessee Candidates for Governor Talk Education and I’m Listening

Poll Says Education is on Tennessee’s Mind, Sees Rise in Expectations

Tennessee’s governor’s race is off and running and to some degree, education is on everyone’s mind according to a recent poll conducted by State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). The state advocacy organization’s findings tell us that both Democrats and Republicans are satisfied with outgoing Governor Haslam’s (R) education policies. In contrast, both parties in the deep red state are less optimistic about our state’s … Continue reading Poll Says Education is on Tennessee’s Mind, Sees Rise in Expectations