Education

Is Standardized Testing an Accurate Measure of Job Performance?

When I was in school, the California Achievement Test (CAT) was the gold standard for testing in the Memphis City Schools System. There were one or two more tests after that.  Then the controversial TCAP became the barometer for student progress. TCAP is now being replaced with an even more controversial successor. Standardized testing is …

Get To Know: Martin Russell

When I coached high school basketball, I always looked around for the tallest kids on campus. Working at an inner city school in San Diego, that also happened to be the most multi-cultural/racial school in the city, presented problems. Our school, Crawford High School, had incredible soccer, wrestling, and badmiton teams because of the abundance of …

African American Lit: Southwest TN – Literature of the Reconstruction – The New Negro Renaissance

Whew, that is one long title. We are switching gears and moving from the Literature of Slavery. Once again there is not enough time in one semester to take on the authors that you have heard of, let alone the authors you haven’t been introduced to. One of the primary elements of studying African American …

Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America – an analysis

Disintegration written by Eugene Robinson (Washington Post) is a carefully drawn discussion on Black America in the 21st century. Actually, the book is an analysis of all Black people in the post civil rights era. While race in America remains an unapproachable subject  that is often balanced on the razor’s edge, Robinson’s definition of race …

Why We Homeschool: A Response to Wendy Thomas and the Commercial Appeal

Okay, I have hesitated to comment on this homeschool athletics situation on the CA(Commercial Appeal) that has led to a lot of misconceptions/perceptions based on the opinion of people who haven’t homeschooled their children and have probably never been involved in the educational system. I think my voice is a good measuring stick for the reality …

Toni Cade Bambara’s "The Lesson"

After teaching and working in schools for 16 years, I had an epiphany yesterday. Everything that is wrong with Memphis (insert your school system here) City Schools can be found in Bambara’s highly anthologized short story, The Lesson. I’ve assigned and discussed this work of fiction a number of times over my last six years as …