If Black and Native American Minnesotans cannot be positioned for the education of our children, stick a fork in us we’re done
The Minnesota Department of Education and the MN Board of Teaching do not want people that are not affiliated with their liberal parties to have a voice on committees, panels or work groups. This is something I have witnessed in real time…I have the emails. The excuse is always, “The meetings are open to the public. You are welcomed to attend,” that’s not good enough anymore. The data tells us black and Native American public school children in the Twin Cities and around the United States are failing a record rates. If white America were in this situation…well they would have eliminated it at the first sign of a “gap.”
by Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief, OurBlackNews.com
There is a wide gap. A gap that tells us something is wrong inside a system originally meant to teach…white children. Lets get it straight from the beginning; public schools were never expected to teach children of color. President Abe Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and planned on teaching former slaves to read and write…we know what happened to him.
The statistic tell us public schools have evolved to a point of K-12 day care centers for children of color with little to no cognitive stimulation. Author James A. Baldwin said, “The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
Before I move forward, I need to explain. This will deflect any whisper campaign that I am “attacking” anything but the issue of education for black children and the need for black male educators in the public schools.
I am a life-long resident of the Twin Cities. I was born in the Como neighborhood of Saint Paul. Like more than a million other bloggers and lay journalists across the United States, I use my work as an editor-in-chief of Minnesota’s largest online black-owned and operated news network as a vehicle of free expression (www.ourblacknews.com).
I speak out of my passion and convictions to address what I believe are the grievous woes that continue to plague the minority ethnic populations of the Twin Cities, and to seek solutions to them. On my news network, I have addressed neighborhood violence, high rates of unemployment, and the misappropriation of funds by governmental and non-governmental agencies – civil rights and the challenges facing our schools. At the top of any urban agenda, I believe, must be securing the right to a high quality education and providing stable, well remunerated jobs to those adults who are willing and able to work.
Let’s look at the facts:
In reviewing the Minneapolis Public Schools District 1’s 2013 MCA-II and MCA-III Reading by Ethnicity test scores, we see disheartening numbers. African American proficiency in reading is at 22 percent, Native Americans are at 21 percent, Asians are at 40 percent, Hispanic-Latino are at 22 percent and Caucasian students pass at 75 percent. The scores for math are similarly alarming. Only 22 percent of black children met or exceeded the Department of Education standards for their grade level in 2013.
These dismal scores portend bleak economic and social prospects for an astounding number of members of our future workforce, more specifically the black workforce
Another thing missing from education here (Minneapolis) and around the country are black male teachers.
Author Toni Morrison said, “Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.” The absence of African American males as teachers and role models in the public schools is, I believe, a type of violence routinely perpetrated against young students of color. University campuses as well suffer from a dearth of black male professors. At each stage of the educational process, from kindergarten through college, black children, especially black males, will rarely see others who look like them leading their classrooms and imparting knowledge.
But it is not just black students who suffer from this designed absence. As United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan stated to the American Thinker, “I think all of our students benefit from having a black male in the classroom.” And in another story titled “Duncan calls on black men to become teachers,” published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Secretary Duncan stated, “Teachers should look more like the people they serve.”
While more than 35 percent of public school students nationwide are Black or Latino, less than 15 percent of the teachers are, and fewer than 2 percent of the nation’s teachers are black men. This is a systemic, societal challenge that must be addressed. Hamline University’s School of Education will equip me with the tools to do my part to meet the need.
School administrators are aware of both the alarming racial gap in academic achievement and the dearth of Black male teachers in the classroom. Yet not enough has been done. The motto of the Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators is, “Education is a civil right.” If this is true, then the African American and Native American children of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are violently penalized in our public schools, year after year.
As a product of the Minneapolis Public School system (1971-1979), when our public school system was among the nation’s best, it troubles me greatly that it is now among the worst. In the last several decades I have witnessed the dismantling of what used to be a thriving and successful public school system. I have also witnessed the Abe Lincoln Syndrome, “Kill them before they learn.”
There’s an old axiom that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I would like to modify that to say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher,” and that’s exactly what must happen now that the Corporate/GOP Alliance has taken over congress if we’re going to save America.
By David Stokes – Guest Columnist, OurBlackNews.com
(Yale Study Shows that Many, Particularly Conservatives, Give Ideology Priority Over Truth). We can see that tendency at work in the conservative claim that, “President Obama is un-American – he’s engaged in a socialist plot to insure my family against catastrophic illness.” That assertion sounds ridiculously funny to most of us, but to FEELERS who feel a desperate need to hate Obama, it represents perfectly sound logic, and the failure of progressives to recognize that fact, and act on it, is what led to the 2014 midterm disaster.
In my article, “The 2014 Midterm Election – A Towering Testament To Monumental Stupidity,”, I allude to a letter that I sent to President Obama back in February in an attempt to avert this midterm disaster. In the letter I point out the following:
“So while I think you, personally, should continue in the mode that you’ve established, at the same time, you should create a staff – housed right next door to the Oval Office – whose sole purpose is to debunk Republican disinformation. Then, whenever any Republican appears on the news to distort reality, he or she should be able to look forward to the next day’s news cycle being flooded with information not only debunking his or her words, but also, examining every action that he or she has engaged in during their career that tends to be in conflict with their current position. In short, you should parade their hypocrisy before the American people.
“If you would take that simple action, Mr. President, you would not only drive home to the people the GOP’s hypocrisy, but you would cause individual Republicans to run away from the cameras instead of stumbling all over one another to be the first one to present the latest Republican assault on reality. In addition, it would appease the thirst for blood among the people in your base, provide writers like myself with grist for our mill, and also give us an indication of what areas of investigation would bear the most fruit.”
I go on to point out that “Since much of the GOP’s popularity and success is based upon the complete ignorance of a sizable percentage of the American electorate, I’m convinced that if the President would have followed my advice and educated the American people to what they’re actually dealing with in the GOP, he could have done an end run around what we witnessed last night.”
But the President didn’t choose to take my advice, and since, for some reason, our Democratic politicians don’t see fit to confront GOP lies and disinformation, as progressives, WE’VE got to become the staff that I spoke to the President about establishing. WE can use the internet to do the research, and WE can, and MUST, go on a single-minded mission to debunk GOP lies, and push TRUTH down America’s throat. If we don’t, the Corporate/GOP Alliance is going to attack, and try to reverse Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, unemployment insurance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage, the Voting Rights Act, and everything that’s been put into place to protect the poor and middle class America since the New Deal. That, is their agenda – to enslave the American people by leaving us totally dependent upon Corporate America.
Please start your research with the issues presented in the articles. The information therein represents many hours of research, and provides posters that makes the information easily digestible. They’ll give you much perspective, and will allow you to hit the ground running. Providing sound and irrefutable facts and knowledge is the key to getting America to open its eyes – and this may be our last chance to do that. Consider this. If the Corporate/GOP Alliance wins both the presidency and both houses of congress in the next election, the American experiment in democracy, is over.
On Feb. 19, OurBlackNews.com founder Don Allen was given the opportunity to stay in his lane and talk about what he knows. Allen did just that…Damn!
Don Allen LIVE at 8 a.m. on Twin Cities Talk AM 1130 on Up and At Em with host Jack Tomczak…Minneapolis’ Bourgeois Capitalism
“Talking about racial diversity is not enough. We need to experience It.” ~D. Allen
The Miracle of Minneapolis - No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. What’s its secret?
If Minneapolis is so great, why is it so bad for African Americans? – The Atlantic this month heaps praise on Minneapolis, marveling at the city’s seemingly contradictory accomplishments of high employment, prosperity and affordable housing.
By Barthelme Gottlieb – Press Relations Director, IBNN News
Minneapolis, Minn…By now everyone has heard the interview with Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges in regards to a story in a national magazine. MPR posted, “There’s something happening in Minneapolis that seems to defy the trends of the rest of the country, making it one of the best cities for young people to live and work, according to The Atlantic. The magazine called it ‘The Miracle of Minneapolis’ in their latest issue, but Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said it doesn’t mean the city isn’t facing major challenges.”
Educator, author, political/community activist, blogger and corporate social media genius Don Allen will be on Twin Cities Talk AM 1130 at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 the Up and At Em with host Jack Tomczak. Allen said, “I will critique Minneapolis’ Marxist cronyism because I am a careful reader and viewer who keeps in mind issues of power and money.” To listen LIVE, click here.
The NAACP as the United States once knew it is dead.
By Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews.com
On Feb. 16, a long-time Cincinnati NAACP member Jim Clingman wrote, “During the past month I have spoken to many people who are very disenchanted with the NAACP, not for the same reasons we hear all the time from young folks and others who feel the organization has served its usefulness, but for a much worse reason: Corruption. Members who have worked tirelessly within their local branches for years are now speaking out about how the venerable organization is destroying its image by allowing, participating in, and turning a blind eye to member voter suppression, fixing local elections, and lack of accountability of funds. I don’t think that’s the image desired by most NAACP members.”
It’s been almost two months since I renewed my membership with the NAACP in Baltimore, MD on behalf of the local Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP. Unfortunately, the Minneapolis NAACP has no meetings, at least announced to members, and the president uses the NAACP acronym like an athlete uses a jock strap; close and tight like a shield of protection.
Today I went to the mailbox and pulled out three letters containing membership cards, all with my name on them. If this does not represent the death of a once great organization, I cannot tell you what does.
R.I. P. NAACP…
Interviews with Council on Black Minnesotans executive director Ed McDonald and board chairman Patwin Lawrence – LIVE on The Ron and Don Show…Wednesday!
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Ron and Don Show uses one of their many platforms to get the truth to the people. To listen, click here at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Phone lines will be open at (347) 426-3904
Post by Ronald A. Edwards – Co-host, The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio
The Ron and Don Show is in the business of bringing our listeners nothing but the truth. We do not read from pre-written questions provided to us by elected officials.
Recently, Council on Black Minnesotans board chairman and community stakeholder Patwin Lawrence was interviewed on a local radio station. The host of the program, who we attest had marching orders from the bottom of the barrel insisted on an attempt to belittle the COBM chair and imply the council, “wasn’t doing nuttin.” Now the tables are turned.
On Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. the Ron and Don Show is welcomed to have two very special guest from the Council on Black Minnesotans to set the record straight about how the COBM has changed and what the council is working on for the people of Minnesota. Join COBM executive director Edward McDonald and board chairman Patwin Lawrence as we take a real look at the Minnesota State Legislature, the process of a bill and why it is important we all work together in 2015.
University of Minnesota’s Office for Business & Community Economic Development announces reception for new executive director
Contacts: Anitra Cottledge, Office for Equity and Diversity, email@example.com, (612) 625-5445
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (2/13/15) – Darryl Peal has been named the University of Minnesota’s new executive director of the Office for Business and Community Economic Development (BCED), and began his time in the role on December 29, 2014.
Peal, the former president and CEO of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, brings extensive leadership experience in supplier diversity and higher education administration. The Office for Business & Community Economic Development will host a welcome reception for University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and community partners and stakeholders on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., with a short program to begin at 4:30 p.m. The reception will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Peal succeeds Craig Taylor, who left the University in August 2014 to assume the role of director of the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Department for the City of Minneapolis.
THE OFFICE FOR BUSINESS & COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The purpose of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development is to leverage and extend the assets, resources and knowledge of the University to help find innovative solutions to real-world socioeconomic problems in urban communities. BCED facilitates community collaborations between the University and nonprofit, corporate, and public sector partners that focus on enhancing the human condition and building community capacity. Learn more about BCED here.
IBNN Editors note: Here in the Twin Cities we might not have “millionaire” pastors, but we do have pastors that drive Bentley’s, Porsches and other exotic vehicles while their congregation struggles to meet monthly bills.
By Bandana Babu – Financial Juneteenth.com
Megachurches and wealthy pastors are a popular staple in the Christian community these days. As seen on TV, these preachers have private jet planes, fancy suits, million dollar houses, luxurious cars, and the like. But who are the wealthiest preachers out there? Find out below.
Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is a televangelist pastor who is the founder of the non-denominational church known as World Changers International. Its net worth is $27 million. Dollar also hosts a television show called “Changing Your World.”
Dollar has often been criticized for his lavish lifestyle. His assets include two Rolls-Royces, a private jet and a $2.5 million apartment in Manhattan.
Bishop David Oyedepo
A Nigerian preacher who is considered as one of the richest preachers in the world, David Oyedepo has a reported net worth of $150 million. He is the presiding Bishop and founder of Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, having its headquarters in Ogun State in Nigeria.
A report says that Oyedepo owns a mansion in London and the U.S., along with four private jets. He owns a Dominion publishing house which publishes all his books, which are mostly on the subject of prosperity.
More than half (i.e. 168,8333,776) the population of Nigeria— Oyedepo’s home country— live below the poverty line on under $2 a day.
Eddie Long is a senior pastor of New Birth Baptist Missionary Church in Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, published in 2005, Long received more than $3.07 million of compensation and benefits from his non-profit charity, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc.
The newspaper investigation concluded that Long’s assets included a real estate property of $1.4 million, a $350,000 Bentley car and a salary of more than $1 million, including $494,000 in 2000.
The average annual income of residents of the church’s hometown, Lithonia, Ga., is $25,154.
This Nigerian minister is the founding president of Believers’ Love World Incorporated, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. Oyakhilome’s assets are worth about $50 million. His church in Lagos has more than 40,000 members, most of whom are successful business executives and politicians.
The main source of income to Oyakhilome is through his business, which comprises of newspapers, magazines, a television station, satellite TV, hotels and real-estate.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Thomas Dexter Jakes, Sr. is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational mega-church with about 30,000 members. The Texan pastor’s net worth is $18 million.
He has earned his wealth being the chief pastor of The Potter’s House. The Trinity Broadcasting Network and BET both air his services and evangelistic sermons. He has been called America’s Best Preacher by Time magazine and has been featured on its cover. He lives in a $1.7 million mansion in suburban Dallas.
The average median annual income of the community he serves is $56,954.
Temitope Balogun Joshua is the founder of the Synangogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN). He is one of the richest Black preachers of the world with a net worth of $15 million.
SCOAN has over 15,000 members. It has its branches in Ghana, UK, South Africa and Greece. SCOAN runs on a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV.
Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. serves as the presiding bishop of Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a 6 million member denomination. He earns a salary of $900,000 and lives in a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills. His church boasts 20,000 members per week.
The median annual salary income in South Los Angeles is $27,907.
Matthew Ashimolowo is the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre in London. His net worth is around $10 million. Ashimolowo earned his wealth from various businesses like Matthew Ashimolowo Media, which sells documentaries and Christian literature. Ashimolowo’s home country is Nigeria where 55% of the population lives below the poverty level of under $2 a day.
Netanyahu’s genocide against Palestinians is making Jews in Europe feeling the most massive increase of anti-Semitism since Hitler!…Dr. Jack Shepard
Editor’s note: Before start with the details rapid raise in anti-Semitism Spreading across Europe and in United States caused by Benjamin Netanyahu genocide of Palestinian Civilians and not opening the Gaza borders for over 8 years, we ask that you do a little research in preparation for heavy-hitting editorial exclusive to IBNN.
“Netanyahu’s massacre of over 2,200 Palestinian including 513 children with his massive attack on Gaza called Operation Protective Edge ended 26 August; since his massacred anti-Semitism have spread across the world increasing in some places by over 10 times; Israeli’s please do not re-appoint Netanyahu so don’t vote on March 17, for the Likud and Bayit Yehudi who if they win will appoint Netanyahu Prime Minister again and his policies against Palestinians will continue and anti-Semitism will continue to increase until it destroys Judaism” ~ Dr. Jack Shepard
by IBNN News Global
Before start with the details of this mass genocide, we ask that you do a little research in preparation for heavy-hitting editorial exclusive to IBNN.
While the attacker’s motive is not yet known, can I be blamed if I look at the recent rise in European anti-Semitism and wonder how far we are…
Is Israel and America safer from terrorism? , The Gaza Health Ministry, UN and some human rights groups reported that 69–75% of the Palestinian casualties were civilians, On 5 August, OCHA stated that 520,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip (approximately 30% of its population) might have been displaced, of whom 485,000 needed emergency food assistance and 273,000 were taking shelter. The UN estimated over 8 Billion dollars in damages.
Early elections for the twentieth Knesset will be held in Israel on 17 March 2015.
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Sometimes the force of ignorance is cumulative. ~Don Allen
By Don Allen, Founder - IBNN NEWS
Roseville, Minn. – I get it. In some cases, social cabals do not want to deal with failure. The cover up becomes cleverly disguised as creating some type of advisory committee to “look at problems.” That’s just what they do…look at problems and turn out some type of report containing recommendations for consideration versus working on actually fixing the challenge. In all reality, they couldn’t bust a grape to fix anything because the same system that sent the advisory committee off to meet for a year is the same system that has become a cancer eating away at some of Minnesota’s most gifted children, both white and black. To add injury to insult, the role of the black educator in K-12 public school systems has been dismissed.
Minnesota’s educational research giant MinnCan published a report titled, “The State of Minnesota Public Education, 2014.” The report is a list with charts and graphs of well-defined deficiencies already known to Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Board of Teaching personnel.
Talking about “committees,” the 2013 Minnesota Legislature established a 20-member Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force to make recommendations to the Board of Teaching, the commissioner of education, and the education committees of the Legislature on requirements for teacher applicants to demonstrate mastery of reading, writing and mathematics skills through nationally normed assessments, a professional skills portfolio, or accredited college coursework, among other methods of demonstrating skills mastery.
The Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force, or travesty – depending on how you look at it was a bogged down and obviously broken. Special meetings that could have made a fix within Minnesota’s education system turned out to be people connected to the Department of Education and MN Board of Teaching showing their commitment to resiliency in conformity; nothing more, nothing less.
Why this information is important as it pertains to my argument about the system of education in Minnesota has been broken for a long time would be the fact that only one-percent of teachers in Minnesota’s K-12 system are black (The State of Minnesota Public Education, 2014-MinnCan).
Minnesota has suffered a loss as it pertains to teachers of color, especially black men in the elementary school systems. A story published in 2012 pointed to a concern that men teaching in Minnesota declined over the past decade despite the growing desire to diversify the ranks. The percentage of male teachers in Minnesota has declined over the past decade, from 27 percent to 25 percent. Nationally, men make up 24 percent of the teaching ranks, according to the most recent federal data. When you tighten the focus and look at black men teaching in the public school systems in the United States, the numbers are even less; in Minnesota it is almost nonexistent unless you count the instructors who double as a sports coaches or hall monitors. The disparity comes at a time when more school districts are actively trying to diversify their teaching ranks by hiring more men, minorities, immigrants and teachers with different educational backgrounds.
What does “diversify the teaching ranks” mean in Minnesota’s public school educational system?
This has created a catastrophic downward spiral for children of color in the public schools. If black school children in the K-12 system do not see a black role model, as in a black teacher, it duplicates the social and economical rhetoric that black men are unemployed, in jail, absentee fathers and do not care about education. This is true for children no matter what race. K-12 educational failures have been named, established, polished and branded as a gap. Unfortunately, the gap has nothing to do with the word “achievement.
The lack of black male teachers is partly responsible for the wide gap in education between black and non-black students. Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson, a nationally certified school psychologist says, “Institutional racism is a major contributing factor to why the public education system is failing Black children. The fact that there are not enough Black male teachers is a huge problem. That is the number one institutional issue that is breeding the crime, dropout, suspensions and enormous referral rates to special education. I often argue that if you want to eliminate half of dropouts, Special Ed (education), ADHD, drugs, gangs, give every Black Boy a heterosexual, culturally competent, Black male teacher. You will eliminate half the problems in school,” says Dr. Abdullah-Johnson
I can attest that the Minnesota Teachers Licensure Exam (MTLE) is a factor in thwarting efforts to test new skilled Minnesota university-trained educators. The challenge of testing by Pearson remains troubling for black male’s interested in teaching; but it does not stop there. Some non-black Minnesota trained educators say the test is an unfair assessment of teaching skills adding the test is not a basic skills test but more of practice in political buffoonery. Pearson, administer of the Minnesota Teachers Licensure Exam (MTLE), in our opinion has not provided any cultural competent or relevant explanations of why the test is based on an obscure set of metrics including questions on how Adolph Hitler conquered Europe. How can this test determine who will be a great teacher in Minnesota? The systemic consequences of the MTLE are embedded in university recruitment and retention, not to mention slow corrective actions by the Minnesota Board of Teachers (BOT) and the lack of power the Minnesota Department of Education has over the BOT to implement changes.
The Minnesota Board of Teaching is comfortable sitting at their microphones (some of them) and watching the world pass by. It’s time to make the BOT very uncomfortable.