The Individualized Education Plan for School Reform

Editors Note: This piece by contributing writer Brandon Melendez tackles the issue of education reform. M.P. “If you tore this wicked system down what would you build in its place?”- Talib Qweli (What If) As an educator watching the world burn around me I’ve often been asked what I would replace it with—and how I could justify it to the middle class, ostensibly the hurdle in getting things “done” in the realm of reform. It is of course a seemingly complicated question—one rife with deliberations of methodology, approach, philosophy, and research that requires mitigating the unique factors that work against...

Housewives Vs. First Ladies

The first Real Housewives series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, premiered in March 2006.  Since then they have added a city by city rendition and we have watched the dramatism of their urban lives play out on television season after season.  The portrayal of women in reality TV gives the wrong impression. It reinforces stereotypes of women as overly-emotional and  lacking the ability to think rationally. In a recent article published yesterday in the New York Times That Mystery Woman in North Korea? Turns Out She’s the First Lady, it discusses Ri Sol-ju’s sudden appearance in the spotlight. The article goes on to state that,...

A Response To ‘The Danger Of Twitter, Facebook Politics’

Social media has opened up the political discourse a great deal in the last couple of years. So much, to the point that some thinkers are wondering if it is a good thing. In today’s op-ed on CNN, Wesley Donehue opined about the .Dangers Of Social Media Politics In the piece, Mr. Donehue notes the risks involved with what he calls  “over-democratization” He then goes on to give his reasoning as to why there is such a thing as too much democracy.  While he it is  his opinion, there are faults with that kind of reasoning. The real here is the anti-democratic...

Black History, Contemporary Black America and De-Facto Silence

Time to take a step back. Another Black History Month is upon us, and due to the leap year, we have an extra day to do some thinking. This is election year, and everywhere the message is stated and restated that the stakes are high. From now until November, the choices put before us are very stark. Will President Obama be re-elected, or will one of the Republican candidates “retake” the White House? This is the big question before us. What is not being dealt with, is the state of being for President Obama’s most loyal constituency: African Americans. While...

A Re-issue: When Reform Isn’t Progress

Author’s Note: This piece was originally published on the Grape Soda Digest back in June. In preparation for a forthcoming follow -up article, I am re-issuing this piece. Feel free to offer your comments. When Reform Isn’t Progress: A Commentary About Wisconsin “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” Ellen Glasgow There is much talk about the need for the American people to make changes in the way they live. The Great Recession demands that we all live a more austere existence. The message across the country is that public workers “make too much” and need to have their...