Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High School

My son’s first day: 10 things I want my child to gain from schooling

Getting a great education is not about smartness. I picked the brown, leather high tops with the fluorescent green laces. Shoes make an impression on the first day of school. My son, Robeson, picked a Cars inspired backpack and a Planes lunchbox – school shopping. The small traditions that comprise the first-day build-up almost brought […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsHigher EducationNew OrleansThe South

How college ed programs try, fail to recruit teachers of color

Nationally, black males account for 2 percent of the teacher population. Blacks in total represent 8 percent of all teachers; Latinos, 7 percent; and Asians, 2 percent. My 3-year-old son could have approximately 50 different teachers by the time he graduates from high school. How many times should he expect to see an African American […]

Posted inCommon CoreElementary to High SchoolNews

Does the anti-Common Core movement have a race problem?

While protests against the Common Core have sprung up in communities as diverse as New York City, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and Portland, Oregon, a new poll suggests that the protestors themselves may be less diverse: White parents tend to dislike the standards, while the majority of black and Hispanic parents approve of Common Core. […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High SchoolNew OrleansThe South

Nine years after Katrina, we’re still asking the wrong questions about education

“Is the educational system better now than it was pre-Katrina?” It’s the question I hear more than any other. But the typical responses around test score growth miss how we should measure school performance in New Orleans. It’s just over nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, and we’re still asking […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High School

Community engagement is a euphemism for “how to deal with black folk”

What does community engagement mean? In particular, how does community engagement work for a “takeover district?” It doesn’t really. Community engagement is a euphemism for “how to deal with black folk.” I never use certain metaphors. Immediately after Katrina and the breeches in the levees, I added “hurricane” to a list that includes “slavery,” “rape” […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High SchoolMississippiThe South

A look at Mississippi’s request to end cheating, with tests included

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Education requested $1 million from the state legislature to combat cheating on statewide examinations. The request comes on the heels of alleged cheating systems The Clarion-Ledger wrote about at Clarksdale’s Heidelberg Elementary School earlier this year. Thereafter the state’s education department spent $300,000 to hire Utah-based consultant Caveon Test […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High SchoolNew OrleansThe South

Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public

“Why can’t New Orleans have a charter school for middle class blacks?” A black physician and parent of a teenage daughter unashamedly asked me this question as we deboarded a first class cabin from our flight to the Crescent City. If I weren’t bourgie (African American slang for Bourgeoisie – pronounced boo-zhee), I would have […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsLessons from Freedom SummerMississippiThe South

Willing to die for justice? Comparing post-Katrina student activism to Freedom Summer

­Two of the most significant student movements in the United States occurred in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans – separated by less than a three hours’ drive and fifty years. En masse, high school students and coeds migrated to these cities leading up to Freedom Summer of 1964, and they came in the years immediately […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High SchoolHigher EducationTeaching the Teachers

Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’

Teacher preparation programs should see themselves as matchmakers. We match professionals with schools and students who’ll hopefully consider their arranged partnership happy, healthy and productive. Communities benefit when new teachers share their fates with their surroundings. Matriculation and graduation are the few separation rates teacher prep programs should celebrate; in the very least, the public […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsCommon CoreElementary to High School

Common Core: The tetherball of gubernatorial politics

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wants to make the state the fourth, including Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina, to turn back Common Core implementation. Jindal adopted Common Core state standards, which put him in line with other presidential hopefuls like Jeb Bush, four years earlier. Since Common Core has become the litmus test for conservatism, Jindal’s […]