As a multi award-winning youth and social activist and pastor, I pledged from my heart to always leave space on my list of things to do to host social outreach programs that empower youth and teens. This is my passion and claim to fame as a recipient of over 130 awards for empowering youths, families and communities.
Recently, I read on the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) website that a Safety Task Force was being formed, apparently with the goal of finding ways and means to keep children safe from sexual predators on school grounds.
Being the parent of a teenager, who literally shares a lot of her experiences at school with me, I was absolutely shocked when I had learned from my 14-year-old daughter that students at her school have conjured up a particular time of year to expose, via social media, “nude” photos of students.
Since 2010, school systems across this nation have been altering their instructional programs to follow the guidelines of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with mixed results. The outcomes have been uneven for many of the same reasons that other past reforms failed to perform uniformly across school systems, with inadequate training time being chief among them.
In spite of some of the most controversial and highly publicized news topics involving the unjustifiable behavior of police officers in various states, the actions of some certainly do not disqualify all officers the right to carry a badge and gun in the name of law enforcement.