White boys on blogs telling black men what to think about educating black people

  I’ll admit from the beginning that I write this out of deep frustration. I’m so over white people who want to lecture black people about what is best for us, especially when it comes to education. After 400 years of outlawing our education, and then another century of botching our education, can we safely …

The ghosts in Minneapolis’ “progressive” machine

Last year Nekima Levy-Pounds told me that conditions in the Twin Cities were ripe for it to be another Ferguson. I disagreed. The people in power here control their people with a smug brand of I-know-what’s-best-for-you liberalism, and the people under their boot often seem too docile to resist. A year later, I’m proven wrong. For …

But seriously folks, leadership

If you missed it, let me catch you up. Two days ago Dr. Andre Perry wrote a piece in Hechinger arguing in support of a bill that would place successful schools in New Orleans under the governance of the dysfunctional Orleans Parish School Board. I countered with a piece pointing out the OPSB’s long record …

Forcing bad government on good schools

There is a move in Louisiana to force independent schools back under the rule of the Orleans Parish School Board. My sparring partner Andre Perry has a piece this morning in Hechinger that is supportive of the proposal. He believes “takeover districts,” those where state entities take ownership of chronically failing schools, lack a strategy for …

What they say, what they choose

Wise people have said for eternity if you want to see what people truly believe watch what they do, not what they say. In education that means seeing how many advocates of traditional public schools choose selective schools for themselves. They do this while blocking access to to educational options for poor families of color. …