A piece of the sky has landed on my head. Similar the chick in the story Chicken Little, I am compelled to try to communicate to readers news about the falling sky, to translate a sense of urgency about the barriers to today’s children becoming fully equipped citizens of tomorrow. Unlike Chicken Little, my news, such as our children’s inability to read the world around … Continue reading Will Two Years Of Second Grade Solve The Literacy Crisis?
I live in a state that is required by law to observe Nathan Bedford Forest. Today. In his first year as Tennessee’s 50th governor, Governor Bill Lee signed a proclamation designating July 13 a day to observe the guy as a “recognized military figure and native Tennessean.” According to Gov. Lee, he signed the proclamation because the law requires him to do so. Just as … Continue reading Tennessee’s Love Affair With Its Racist Past Must End
Bernie. SMH. Two-time presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders separated from the fat pack of Democratic POTUS wannabes by [quite literally] taking a page out of the NAACP anti-charter school playbook and inserting it into his 10-point education plan. Two weeks ago, Sen. Bro. Sanders called for an end to the unpopular for-profit charters that are unlawful in most states. According to the National Alliance for … Continue reading Charter School Operators Must Lead With The Survival Of Charters In Mind
“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
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
Dear Governor-Elect Lee: This will be short and sweet. As a political newcomer, it’s possible you are only peripherally familiar with the battles in and around education. The bloodiest of them are not found in the area of your residence, Williamson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation with the second highest performing school district in the state. Further, you may not be … Continue reading Governor-Elect Lee: Let These 4 Things Guide Your Education Decisions
A wise woman once told me in my twenties “we all have a little girl inside us hurting and hopeful. And we have to honor her, too.” I think about Little Vesia all the time, as it is she who guides my advocacy and passion for the ignored, and commitment to the unheard. Like the woman, the little girl is eager to serve without condition … Continue reading Happy Birthday To Me: Parents Are Not To Blame For Nation’s Literacy Crisis
Football fans in Tennessee are sobering up from a rare, dizzying weekend of winning. We celebrated University of Tennessee’s shutout of UTEP and Vanderbilt’s performance at South Bend against the Fighting Irish, even though they lost it was a solid showing. I’m still reeling from the news that my alma mater, Austin Peay State University with its young rockstar coach (who will without a doubt … Continue reading Can We Talk Education Like We Talk Football?
The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced the creation and deployment of a TNReady accountability corp to serve as the state’s eyes, ears, and thermometer on the ground. The newly minted group, TNReady Ambassadors, consists of 37 classroom teachers and testing coordinators who will be trained in all things TNReady and will “assist with planning and presenting professional development across the state; evaluate test day … Continue reading TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines
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