The Achievement Gap: A Genetic Issue?

The Achievement Gap: A Genetic Issue? Why Do Poor Whites Outscore Rich Blacks on the SAT? by Jamal Mtshali 2016 proved yet another precarious year for U.S. education policy. The Supreme Court’s Fisher ruling and Donald Trump’s election (and tapping of charter school champion Betsy DeVos as his education secretary) teetered the U.S public policy playground’s seesaw. But Trump’s inauguration along with the Republican Party’s control of 31 US governorships threatens to catapult the vision of equitable American education into oblivion. Such disequilibrium manifests most glaringly in the education achievement gap, an expanse characterized by stark racial disparity. Policymakers at...

R.I.P. Richard Hatch 

Good evening folks. As many of you who read my blog may know, I am a big fan of science fiction. I heard about an hour or so ago that the actor Richard Hatch died at the age of 71. Science fiction heads know him for playing Captain Apollo in the 1978 version of Battle Star Galactica. He also played politician and former terrorist Tom Zarek in the 2003 reimagined BSG series.  The newer  BSG series ended a while ago, and in this writer’s opinion, very few shows have made such an impact since. Epic space opera science fiction with...

The Best Goals to Set For Yourself as a Young Single Adult

Setting goals can have a number of different benefits. Solid, reachable goals can give your actions a purpose and help you to learn self-discipline and focus on what’s important. Having clear goals in mind helps you to know where you’re headed in the future and improves your motivation when it comes to being successful. With goals in place, you’ll make better use of your time and enjoy faster results – all of which can improve your state of mind, make you more positive, and change your outlook on life. So, what are the best goals to set for the future?...
African Americans and Nature – 2 Books Explore Heritage and Presence

African Americans and Nature – 2 Books Explore Heritage and Presence

When most people think of the trailblazers of activities in the great outdoors, they may not think of African Americans. This misconception is not because there are not African Americans that love the outdoors, but because of an underrepresentation in the media. Throughout history, there have been many black pioneers that have been left out of stories. Because of racial discrimination and social injustice, many African Americans began to have limited access to the outdoors. It was after this time period that African Americans began to stray away from nature, and this continued throughout time until almost recently. Recently, there...
Author Profile: Meet Brandi Davis

Author Profile: Meet Brandi Davis

Greetings once again, my readers. In a society that seems to believe in second chances for some, but not all, its important to show that its possible to turn your life around. This time out, we speak with Brandi Davis, the author of “The High Price I Had To Pay 4” shares her story of redemption. Polite On Society: Please introduce yourself to our readers and let them know a little about your new book “The High Price I Had To Pay, Volume 4.” Brandi Davis: My name is Brandi Davis. I’m a 34 year old, native of Detroit, Michigan....