Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie A Prison Policy Initiative briefing By Peter Wagner and Leah Sakala March 12, 2014 Wait, does the United States have 1.4 million or more than 2 million people in prison? And do the 688,000 people released every year include those getting out of local jails? Frustrating questions like these abound…

What Causes the School to Prison Pipeline?

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Ross T has a good post on this over at Mike Goldstein’s blog. His argument: strict discipline codes, coupled with strong academics, reduce the school to prison pipeline. This argument of course runs antithetical to many civil rights groups, who view strict discipline as the cause of the school to prison…

Initiating Myself Into Manhood

Initiating Myself Into Manhood October 18, 2014 by Bryan Reeves 3 Comments Growing up without mature masculine role models handed Bryan Reeves the difficult lifetime task of initiating himself into a mature manhood. ___ “The weak or absent father cripples both his daughters’ and his sons’ ability to achieve their own gender identity and to relate in an…

Raekwon Leading Discussion on A Fatherless Nation

Raekwon has an amazing story, growing up in one of the toughest areas in Newark with no father. His ability to connect with his peers and stay positive despite the obstacles placed in his path motivates me to become a better educator. This kid has a gift.

How To Be a Leader From Within

Jose Aviles is working on building the leaders of tomorrow, starting with focusing on others. —- Servant leadership is less about you and more about others. Servant leadership is a term that has its roots in many biblical contexts. The concept of servant leadership starts with self-sacrifice and putting the needs of those you lead…

Will the Real Willie Lynch Please Stand Up

Will the Real Willie Lynch Please Stand Up By. Jose Aviles Ed. D. Why teach Willie Lynch? A document many consider a fake, a hoax or simply a fictional text. Historian Prof. Manu Ampim presents evidence to suggest so on his website, Death of the Willie Lynch Speech. The answer I believe is pretty simple…

Mayor Baraka is Half Right

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Ras Baraka, the recently elected mayor of Newark, just published an op-ed in the NYT. You can read it here. Mayor Baraka makes a couple of points: 1. The state of New Jersey took over Newark schools about 20 years, and this has been a total failure. 2. The recent major…