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Ella Edwards, Mother, Asks Bank To Forgive Dead Son’s College Loan In Online Petition

BOSTON, Nov 28 – The mother of a Detroit-area college student who died in 2009 has launched an online petition asking lender First Marblehead Corp to forgive a $10,000 student loan taken on by her son that she says she cannot repay. Ella Edwards, a 61-year-old woman working part-time as a seamstress, has garnered some … Continue reading

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores Michigan-Mexico slavery ties

Most people are familiar with the Underground Railroad, the surreptitious network that helped escaped slaves make their way to Canada, often through Detroit. But how many know that a similar operation helped slaves across the Rio Grande to Mexico? This is one of the fascinating subjects covered in “Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared … Continue reading

Civil Rights Office Reflects on Discipline, Bullying, Violence Issues

UPDATED A new progress report of sorts out today about the activities of the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights during the Obama administration details the very active agency’s work on school discipline practices, harassment and bullying, sexual assault and violence, among other issues. The office for civil rights maintains that minority students … Continue reading

Coaching Carousel Sheds Light On Systemic Failure In College Athletics Management

A year-and-a-half ago, former Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik was celebrated at the White House for winning a BCS National Championship. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Famed business consultant and educator Jim Collins wrote that “Good is the enemy of Great” when it comes to building successful organizations. Nowhere has this prophetic idea proved more true … Continue reading

Oprah’s Wisdom

First national broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1986 Photo: Wikipedia Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her generation. Raised by her grandmother in rural Mississippi until age six and then by her mother, who worked as a maid in Milwaukee, Ms. Winfrey was an unlikely candidate to become one of … Continue reading

Rice, Race, and Incompetence

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 In case you missed this Washington Post Thanksgiving Post, they have decided that all this criticism of Susan Rice must be about….wait for it….race. Pres. Obama is clearly wanting to nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State, and The GOP is a bit concerned over what seems to be her total … Continue reading

A wisdom knot

NYANSAPO “wisdom knot” symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that “a wise person has the capacity to choose the best meeans to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical … Continue reading

How do you measure expectations

The elections are finally behind us, with education reform still on the national agenda. Thank goodness. The United States remains the only developed country with no coherent national education policy, and with woefully inadequate funding of our public schools. President Obama’s first term was marked by his Race to the Top program, offering competitive grants … Continue reading

The Equity and Economic Imperative

I’ve always viewed education as a moral imperative, and devoted my 20s (and early 30s) to promoting equity in education. I approached this work with passion and probably a bit of self-righteousness; and I suspect many folks outside of the education field with whom I’ve come in contact would categorize my work as that of … Continue reading

Sean Taylor: Five years after his death, so many questions unanswered

By Mike Wise, Published: November 26 It’s five years since I got a 7 a.m. phone call on a Tuesday morning from the office to say Sean Taylor had died, and all I have still is the same emptiness. And questions. Hard questions. Some of which I know the answers to but don’t want to hear. And others no one … Continue reading

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