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Education

Choosing the Right School for Your Child Part 1: Matchmaking vs. Prize-winning

Education and access to knowledge hold a sacred place for Black Americans. From the time when it was inaccessible to us, the risks that we took to acquire it, and the opportunities that have arisen for us from its acquisition, we have always valued learning and education.

Our demographic – the Black members of generations X and Y – have become the caretakers of that tradition. Now in our prime parenting years, we are faced with difficult choices as we consider the scholastic portion of our children’s education.

This series of articles chronicles five aspects to consider as you choose the right school for your child. There is no one strategy that will help you to find that “best fit”, but these basic guidelines will be beneficial to you on your search.

1.Choosing the right school is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.

The above quote was a mantra repeated by the Director of College Counseling for a school in Minneapolis at which I taught, but it applies to any school choice.   There are so many different types of schools: public, independent (private), parochial, Montessori, exceptional student education (a general term which includes gifted & talented as well as learning-disabled students), arts-based, sports academies… the list can daunting.

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Education

The Your Child Left Behind Act

left behindThe No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is an educational reform package. It is open to some interpretation by each state, but the basics are: 1) every American student becomes proficient in math and writing by 2014, and 2) to eliminate and “achievement gap” that exists between children.

The premise of 100% proficiency is absurd. Not only is it unattainable, it undermines much needed science and social studies programs because those aren’t being tested.

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Events Health + Wellness

Mo the Educator Joins the Alumni Fitness Challenge

What good is fitness if it isn’t fun? Well, I guess it’s still “good”, but it’s hard as hell to do without support from your friends and some large doses of humor!

It was great to see the level of dedication to fitness that so many people showed at the Roundup Rendezvous. I was impressed by the number of people who got up early every morning for the yoga and fitness classes. It’s vital that everyone – and especially Black people – make fitness and physical health their greatest personal priority.

And did you see me hittin’ the euro-training in the video? Did we really work out like that on the beach during our vacation? In-Deed.

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Politics

The Rebuttal: “Bill Cosby’s folly” Or “Chet Kincaid? Meet Bill Duke”

Alright, since I’ve been called out – albeit surreptitiously – I’ll jump in.

I found Bill Cosby’s original comments largely vapid, divisive, and irresponsible.

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Sports

Lakers vs. Celtics? They Played Each Other Before? In the Finals?

So the NBA Finals begin. Middle-aged men and other nostalgia-seekers around the country are excited for the revival of a “classic NBA rivalry”.

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Sports

Mo-Stradamus: Predictions of the 2008 NBA Finals

I called it the day before the playoffs started. I’m claiming it. My boys will corroborate it, and you heard it here first.

NBA Finals 2008: Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Hornets