Yeah, I’ve been gone a minute.
I was breaking down my section last night and getting ready to go home when I realized that my Blog vacation coincided with my return to Okaplayer. (shout out to OKP, mind you)
That ain’t right, so I came to apologize for my absence. (not like anyone around here misses me, ya non commenting mofos) and announce that at the midway point of semester one, I am maintaining my goal of 3.5 to 3.7.
I am going to have to finish strong though…
And I am going to have to up my blogging game, because I realize now that i NEED this in my life to maintain a sort of balance.
I know a Black woman who is completely infatuated with Sarah Palin. Personally.
(pauses to let that sink in)
I know her personally.
I used to know her really well. Today? not so much.
Can’t speak on this topic anymore…but I FULLY INTEND To get back to this.
Yes, I stopped what I was doing JUST to type that sentence.
ownwanna – from the lazily articulated “I don’t wanna”
Post on what I remember about 911? ownwanna.
Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking the NFC North and AFC North? ownwanna
Post on Is Obama doing the right thing? ownwanna.
Post on the new children in my life? ownwanna.
The world is getting smaller, things are getting more and more pivotal and I am accumulating more and more thoughts and ideas, so much so that I have started my own site and purchased the domain to host this one.
But at the end of the day, after 16 credithours of classes, 50 hours at work, fatherhood, husbandry, and the normal bumps and bruises that come with having a plate that full ownwanna do none of that.
It is all I can do to finish this post.
I am tired, folk.
I’ll be back to try again soon.
I think it is vital, especially given the tumultuous times we are in
as a community(despite Gov. Plain’s (sp) assertion that communities
apparently don’t need organizing anymore) and as a nation, that we
never lose sight on acknowledging that behind all these dynamic blogs
and movements are real people with real lives.
(Cross posted from my Afrospear Google Group)
Because the vast majority of us conduct our online activism on a
volunteer basis, on top of everything else that we do, “real Life” has
a tendency to encroach upon our ability to fulfill our passion for
activism and community uplift. (a fact that makes Gov. Plain’s
cutdown even more infuriating).
On August 24, 2008 I flew my sons back to Maryland to accompany them
to their first day of school.in Fifth and first grade. I then flew
back to Texas, for MY first day of school in 15 years as a freshman at
a junior college taking a full load while continuing to work full-time
plus at my job at what I affectionately call the plantation.
Wednesday Night, my wife and I found ourselves in custody of two young
children who we didn’t even know 5 months ago, probably permanently.
They weren’t literally dropped on my stoop, because that would have
required the minimum effort of actually BRINGING them to my house.
To say the least, it has been a chaotic two and a half weeks. Just as
it was getting truly hectic and I thought I was drowning…
A huge dose of help arrived from a member of this collective and
inspiration from another blogger who couldn’t have posted an item to
me directly, but it seemed to be done just for me.
Those two incidents, one done purposefully, one encountered by chance,
made my day and have re-energized me in all phases of my busy life.
So, on this Saturday, take a moment to look around you and offer
support and encouragement to someone around you. This action is at
the core of our message in this group and will ultimately make the
Peace and Love,
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I wonder how some of y’all do it.
I got idols role models in this game who bring it on the regular, Posting regularly with insights and genius day after day.
Between my sons and the plantation and the wife, not to mention my own focus issues, I do well to get one or two real posts out a week.
It isn’t that I don’t have the time, necessarily.
but by the time I get my reading and my usual online banking and bill paying done, I am way past the time regular folk should be online.
The wife says to me that I am addicted and that something needs to change.
I don’t know that I need to start hitting meetings or anything like but something is going to have to give.
The wife has decided that I spend every non working waking hour online.
Of course, this is an exaggeration, but even Barack Obama will tell you that life is much more about what people THINK is than what actually is.
So, watch with amazement while I try to be online less and get more done online.
*sucks teeth and logs off*
As a nod to the serialized nature of this particular topic.
Aside from that whole foolishness with Pastor Manning, Last night marked my most replied to thread.
In light of the intelligent answers and commentss I recieved, I thought a pulic response was in order.
As to the claim that we should clap for Dr. Fryer because he is trying hard:
If Dr. Fryer was 8, I might could roll with that.
Now while my wife is actively contemplating his death and dismemberment, I just said that the brother was off target. I am not even saying he should pack up his ish and bounce. I am merely offering criticism on his thesis.
As for this veiled notion that the whole community is sitting idly by watching Roland Fryer get his Don Quixote on is just nonsense.
There are MANY nameless and faceless academics out there trying to eliminate the achievement gap both privately and publicly.
One of them lives in my house.
This notion that pervades that all actions should be applauded is wackness of the most pure form.
All actions should be acknowledged and recognized.
Would it be better if I think Dr. Fryer is off track and I decide to wait until it doesn’t work and then rush in and say:
I knew it wouldn’t work all along.
(this here is typical negro behavior, btw.)
I merely chose to put out a letter to Dr. Fryer suggesting that he might be off track.
Its no different than a kid getting a new book (like I did) or a special dinner when they bring home a great report card.
It is completely different.
New book = reinforcement of the value of education. a Chance to make reading a lifestyle.
Nice Dinner = Cultural experience that allows for MORE learning.
Giving a kid money = Giving a kid money
Or how about programs like Upward Bound or College STEP? As a STEP alum, I got a $5,000 stipend every year I was in the program and did what I was supposed to do. I don’t hear anyone hollering about that–and Upward Bound is probably one of the greatest experiences a teenager could have.
I agree wholeheartedly. Being a teenager is pricey and teenagers are fierce capitalists. You NEED to show them the money. But these ain’t teenagers, these are CHILDREN. Puberty ain’t the time for symbolism and lessons. THOSE children NEED money and have already developed some SENSE of the value of Education (or else THEY would be on the block somewhere making money). Comparing the plight of 16 year olds and 8 year olds is like comparing the needs of an ipod and the needs of a transistor radio. They are sponges and they WILL soak up whatever you give them. This is your ONE AND ONLY chance to give them a love for learning. You have to plant that seed before they get old enough to be influenced by other forces. Paying children of this age only reinforces the very negative forces they will be bombarded with as they grow up.
Let me close by focusing on an issue that I alluded to yesterday.
Dr. Fryer is trying to hot-wire the system. By paying children straight out, as opposed to giving incentives to teachers or parents he believes he is creating a neat synthesis.
inject money as a motivating factor and watch them fly. Ok. Fair enough. But what is REALLY being rewarded?
Acing a standardized test? woo hoo. Is THAT the goal here? Think VERY carefully before you answer that.
I cannot remember the last time my SAT Score was relevant to anything. Hell, I can barely remember my SAT Score.
It is one thing to deal with the Education Industry using their Standardized Test Fetishes as a guise for determining progress, it is quite another for those of us who have taken as our mission to deliver this newest generation to sip on that koolaid like that shit REALLY matters. THOSE folk oughta know better.
If you want to save THIS generation, You need to work them as hard as you love them and be the change you want them to become (Obama, 2008)
Making it rain on them will do little more than get them wet.