Although I do not claim possession of the best memory, I do remember the moment that I received the notice that Texas was seeking individuals to review a parcel of history/social studies textbooks that its school children may be using over the next decade. I eagerly submitted my name for the duty, considering it a wonderful opportunity to participate in a long-standing African-American tradition of “to whom much is given, much is required.” From my perspective, this was a phenomenal opportunity to serve African-American school children by guaranteeing that their ancestors’ storied history was represented in school history/social studies textbooks during the coming decade. I thought that I would be a shoe-in for this volunteer duty as I am a tenured History Professor who has earned Master of Arts degrees in African-American/African Studies, U.S. History, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from The Ohio State University. My assessment could not have been more … [Read more...] about How the Texas School Board of Education is Curtailing African-American Children’s Future By Changing the Past
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IMPACT 09/06/2018 05:45 am ET “Costa Rica tells us that there is something beyond money that is important.” By Lindsay Fendt Every Sunday, when his health allows, 100-year-old Francisco Gómez gets a ride from his daughter to the outskirts of town, where he spends the day at a community center dancing. Gómez, a farmer and rancher on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, grew up listening to ranch-style music, but said he didn’t really learn to dance until he started attending these weekly gatherings for the elderly and their caretakers. He says the dances have given him something to look forward to since the death of his wife earlier this year. “I’m much happier,” he told HuffPost. “It gives me something to do other than sit around all day.” The dances are just one of the activities coordinated by Progressive Attention Network for Integral Elder Care, a program created by the country’s Health Ministry … [Read more...] about Why Costa Rica Is One Of The Happiest Countries In The World
Submitted to the AFRO by Elijah E. Cummings More than half a century ago, my parents and a wonderful teacher named Mr. Hollis Posey followed their hearts and championed my right to learn. As a result, I received the empowering education in our City’s public schools that would transform my life. Although I am grateful that I received the “thorough and efficient public education” that is guaranteed to every child by Article VIII of Maryland’s constitution, I am deeply troubled that all of Maryland’s children are not receiving this most basic foundation for successful, productive lives. A widely acknowledged study in 2016 found that Maryland’s public schools are under-funded by $2.9 billion each year. In response, the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education [typically referred to as the Kirwan Commission] has determined that significantly more funding will be required to give every Maryland child a reasonable chance in life, … [Read more...] about Our Children’s Education is on the Ballot this Year
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All four Democratic primary candidates say they want to put more money into public education. But Kennedy has made the issue the engine of her campaign.She has aligned herself specifically with the teachers unions and those largely opposed to education reform measures that emphasize standardized testing, the proliferation of charter schools, and the weakening of tenure protections. This position sets Kennedy apart from her primary opponents and at least the last four governors, three of them Democrats.She is calling for more school funding so that high school counselors don’t have caseloads of 400 kids each and the front office isn’t running out of paper. She’s calling for more support staff from paras to school psychologists. She’s calling, loudly, for higher pay so that teachers aren’t forced to choose between the schools they love, the students they have nurtured, the communities they call home and their own families’ well being. It doesn’t … [Read more...] about Education Is Key to Cary Kennedy’s Campaign. Is It Enough?