After hearing about the two most recent shootings of black men in other states, as well as the shootings of five law enforcement officers and a few others in Texas, my heart and mind “double team” my thinking as I hear a persistent, painful inward voice asking both my heart and mind a series of questions.
Cancer was once known as one of the most stubborn and undefeatable diseases of all time. Luckily and gratefully, through the ages cancer research groups, scientists, medical associates and cancer prevention advocates have worked diligently to find new ways to eradicate its vicious sting and devouring death bite.
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.