Why Do Administrators Make More $ Than Teachers?

We should rethink how we spend our tax dollars on education in Tennessee and across the USA. The Beacon Report has an extensive article about studies on this subject (with powerful graphs): Education funds not being spent wisely September 4, 2013 Since 2000, the number of administrators statewide has grown by nearly 35 percent. During … Continue reading »

Performance Leadership – Two New Think Tanks!

I am working with two new groups of students, volunteers from the Overton Dance Team, Memphis, TN, to work on the issues of preventing pregnancy and violence. Over the years Mrs. Lisa Stewart, Dance Teacher and I have co-created performances: Smoke-free, Fight-free, and Club 23 (on YouTube) and are now working on Baby-free. (Scripts are … Continue reading »

Is Learning to Take Standardized Tests Discovery?

As those of you who read my blog know, my daughter teaches first grade in the Memphis public schools. She said today her students are spending the day in “Discovery”. Immediately visions of test tubes and conversations with Mr. Wizard from my childhood come to mind. “What will they be discovering?” I asked. “Standardized tests, … Continue reading »

How Education was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps repost

I read the following article a few weeks ago and am still thinking about it. It rings true to me even though it is creepy to consider. If you have time, read it and comment. http://www.alternet.org/how-higher-education-us-was-destroyed-5-basic-steps?paging=off&current_page=1%23bookmark

More on common Core

More on common Core

My daughter teaches first grade in Memphis public schools. When she attended elementary school she learned vocabulary from a curriculum called Wordly Wise. She has a well developed and expressive vocabulary. She now teaches the curriculum created by Scott Foresman published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt. Each week’s reading lesson includes 30 vocabulary words. One week’s words: generation, … Continue reading »

New Day for Education

Our world has been transformed again and again in my lifetime and the new day for education is also beginning. There have been attempts to change education, the last one driven by Bill Gates and Race to the Top funding of Common Core standards and Teacher Evaluation. There is significant push back for good reason … Continue reading »

Replace Arne Duncan with a Team of Teachers

Arne Duncan may be good at playing basketball with the president, but he hasn’t done teachers any favors by enticing 36 states to “Race for the Top” only to find out the Teacher Evaluation modeled after Microsoft’s and paid for by Bill and Melinda Gates, has been done away with at Microsoft because of its … Continue reading »

Who Is Decomposing Education and Why?

I volunteer at a nearby elementary school helping a kindergarten teacher (my daughter) with filing, bulletin board decorating, and whatever else she needs done. Last week I was deciphering student writing and placing graded papers and parent correspondence in student folders while she was introducing one of the vocabulary words, decompose. I had noticed the … Continue reading »

”Hood School

My daughter teaches kindergarten in an all black, very poor neighborhood in North Memphis. It takes a special kind of person to work there, someone who understands and is somewhat fluent in the culture. I’ll give you an example. One of her students called another student the “N” word. She is white, so she asked … Continue reading »

Memphis Wisdom

Last week I attended the Memphis Minority Business Conference to hear what three successful Memphis businessmen. It was a roundtable discussion facilitated by Larry Jensen who is in commercial real estate. Each man had ideas that inspired me and probably many of the 400 people in the audience. Kem, son and namesake of Kemmons Wilson, … Continue reading »