Month: November 2017

Libraries, Laundry and Lots of Fun

All evening long a little boy with the cutest curly afro ran up and down the aisle of the laundromat. His energy level was one not for the faint of heart. Ms. Q, as families call her, entered the laundromat greeted by him enjoying the view from the floor. Libraries Without Borders, Laundry Cares and Brilliant Detroit have given families access to…

Class Is In But Where’s The Teachers?

Michigan has one of the largest absentee rates  in the country for both Public and Charter School Teachers. ■In Michigan, 24.7 percent of traditional public school teachers are chronically absent, compared to 12.4 percent of charter school teachers. Eleven other states have similar discrepancies. “In their introduction to the report, Fordham’s Michael Petrilli and Amber Northern ask: “Why would we…

We Don’t Need More Guns in Our Community. What Will It Take?

It is amazing to me that after Sunday’s church shooting that killed more than two dozen people, some Michigan legislators want to pass legislation that puts more guns in churches. In Michigan, Republican leaders are sponsoring a three-bill package (SB 584-586) that would allow licensed gun carriers to take their weapons into churches, schools, bars, athletic stadiums and other venues that…

Detroit Teacher Uses Hip Hop to Teach Literacy to His Students

Just when I’m down on the education machine, politics and the world in general. As being a place that will suck our souls dry. From time to time I come across a person or a story that reminds me that there are people in this world who want to just help their fellow man. The story of Quan Neloms is…

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