Conversations in Education

I’m honored to be a special guest on Conversations in Education hosted by Vincent Cheeks of Atlanta this evening. Tune into wcegtalkradio.com from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. as we discuss the State of Education in Georgia. We are truly in a state of emergency around how our children are being educated.

Please tune in! I’d like to encourage parents, students, persons running for school Board, Charter school leaders, retired Educators and policy makers to call in, (678) 619 – 1402.

Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

  1. Is the public education system doing more harm than good to inner city communities? Systems in America weren’t designed to include the success of all Americans
  2. How do you feel about the debate between public and charter schools? Time is wasted on debating that can’t evoke change. Our time is better spent on gathering sound data that speaks to the best practices of both public traditional schools and public charter schools. I believe traditional schools strive in cultural tradition; Alumni, homecomings, school spirit, etc. Public Charter schools flexibility  leads to the evolution of innovation often times confined by structures within the traditional system. 
  3. Do you think homeschooling is a viable option for parents who know longer want public or charter schools? It’s a choice! I believe that any form of education that works for the student and their support system should be offered. 
  4. What are your thoughts on Gov. Deal’s school takeover plan? The GA Department of Education also played a role in the many failing schools across the State. These are schools that failed also under the State’s watch. One thing we learned from the Atlanta Cheating Scandal is that high stakes standardized test from our State aren’t helping stabilize and grow our schools. 
  5. Do you think Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and the current administration will have a positive or negative effect on inner city schools? It’s important for our parent, advocates and educational supporters to watch and be engaged with FY17-18 budget plans for school wide improvement. Many times areas such as special education, ELL, family engagement, counseling and student support are cut because the value isn’t deemed necessary by decision makers. I believe that Betsy Devos and the current administration will have a huge impact on inner city schools and education. Whether that’s positive or negative, time will soon tale.
  6. What can black, male educators to do help end the school to prison pipeline? We must go beyond simply saying we want a change in Black men and not empowering the change. 
  7. Why is it important for you to want to change the stereotypes of African American males in the community? Stereotypes become road blocks to our success. #BMWI 
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.

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