Dear Education Warriors, I gotta tell you something. I spent 3 days…barely even that…more like the 48 hours with you, and I am in awe. You are the most passionate voices I’ve ever met. You use every keystroke as if it was the very last chance to save our kids…to save my kids. I watched your fingers type […]
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so Black. Black Lives Matter, conversations on race and a Trump victory marked my 2016. I’ve always known my Blackness in the taking-it-for-granted kind of way. It’s my essence, my uniqueness, my swagger. I know it paints my experience and my behavior, but I never felt like it entered […]
Accountability May Be Hard for Legislators, But It’s Pretty Clear for Parents. Respect Me as a Consumer Who Has Choices.
I was 14 when I came to this country and entered high school. It wasn’t until my senior year that I learned I had completed all my required course load early. I had no idea I could have participated in dual-enrollment, or even started college one year earlier. In this instance, the system failed me. Fast forward […]
There this phenomenon that happens in Florida: I call it the “Hurricane Effect”. A remarkable thing happens during the hurricane frenzy and you only know it if you live in this part of the world: People look out for people. We come out and help each other put up shutters, clear patio furniture that could […]
Standardized testing is a part of state law since…forever. If you want a high school diploma from a public school in this country, you must take tests. Tests reveal how much you know, how well you know it, how much you’ve grown and if you are ready to move on. I seriously don’t put much […]
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to the U.S. as a teenager. That journey took me from a strict Catholic private school to an inner city high school in Miami. The true definition of culture shock! I recall the pivotal first encounter at my American school when I was asked to define my […]