Society
America's 'Exceptional' Lack of a Female President
Written by Dr. Dinesh Sharma Ph.D   
Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:08

Are Americans ready to elect a woman as president? A SUNY professor take a global
perspective on what it would mean for women's rights
 

Most Americans believe in the exceptionalism of our nation. However, when it comes to electing a female president, the U.S. is not exceptional. Rather it is an exception to the rule.

The U.S. ranks 97th in global ranking of women in government. Women hold only 19 percent of elected government offices here.

While many countries, including Germany, Denmark and even Rwanda have embraced quotas for gender representation in government, the U.S. has shown no interest in adopting such a policy.

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America Is Designed for many Young Black Men to Fail
Written by Phillip Jackson   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 23:46

 

Success for Young Black Men In America Is Accidental in many cases

Many people disagree with the title of this commentary. "You don't know what I been through to help make my Black son successful! I worked hard to get my son through school. I fought with gangs. I fought with the school. I fought with teachers. I fought with police. I fought with his friends. I fought with other parents. I held two jobs to pay for tutoring and private school. I moved to an expensive suburb. Please don't call my son's success accidental."

That's exactly why I call it "accidental." Black parents, and no parents in America, should have to fight that hard and in those ways to help their sons become successful. An accident is defined as an unplanned, unexpected, and not designed (not purposefully caused) event. Based on the data below, success for many Black males in America is not intentional, not expected, not planned, not the norm and not designed. Most Black males don't succeed because of their education in America, they succeed in spite of their education in America. Therefore, when success happens, it is "accidental."

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The Value of LinkedIn for All Students
Written by William D. Jackson   
Saturday, 12 December 2015 20:48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition for employment, internships, scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance and entrance into higher education has grown tremendously in the past years.  Students should understand that digital tools and resources that aid in obtaining/starting a professional career should be welcomed and are an investment in time. Social Media platforms are not valuable if they do not promote a student’s SWAG and Brand that holds the key to their talents, skills, abilities and leadership qualities. As an instructor at Edward Waters College teaching Educational Technology and Social Media I attempt to empower my students with the knowledge of using Social Media in a positive way.

One of the challenges for students is making a positive Brand and marketing it with SWAG, high lighting skills, talents, educational achievements, and leadership skills. A college/university undergraduate must sell themselves to the world they want to enter. Technology allows to transcend the physical networking and provides a digital platform by using professional services like LinkedIn to make connections that may have not otherwise occur.

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Chinua Achebe “A Text Book Act” for Education
Written by William Jackson   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:32

 

 

 

 

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter…
Chinua Achebe

Imagine a law that did not allow you to read on certain days of the week, or at certain times of the day. Imagine a law that governed what you could and could not read. Imagine because of the color of your skin you were kept ignorant intentionally so that generations would be treated like cattle or worse.

As one of the founding fathers of literature in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe and others faced these same restrictions directed to keep Nigerians and even Africans oppressed mentally, this leads to limiting the skill sets for Nigerians and Africans to think and rationalize for themselves. The same was faced during slavery for Blacks in the Americas. The importance of education and being a life-long learner cannot be expressed in just text, but is shared through storytelling by the elders.

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10 Ways to Be An Involved and Engaged Father This School Year
Written by William Jackson   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:31

“Fathers can and do change the world one child at a time”

 

Suggestions from a father, educator, mentor and community activist:


1. Fathers respect your child’s teacher(s)

One way to support education is to model respect for teachers and
administrators. Fathers speak more by their actions than words, so
visit schools and praise teachers and administrators.

2. Fathers spend time in the school

Even though it might be tough to visit schools at least once a month it makes a world of difference in a child’s behavior 
and academic success. Spending time means sacrificing a lunch time, overtime or buddy time.
The rewards are great, just look in your child’s eyes and see.
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