Tennessee's implementation of the new Common Core State Standards was a focal point of controversy during this year's legislative session. Kimberly L. King-Jupiter, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and professor at Tennessee State University, is a veteran educator with experience in international comparative education and higher education administration. She shared a few perspectives on Common Core with New America Media editor Khalil Abdullah.
As the Common Core is being rolled out in Tennessee and other states, are people misinformed about what it is and what it aims to do?
It is less that people are misinformed and more that the conversation has become enmeshed in or overshadowed by partisan politics. What needs to be remembered is that the goal of the Common Core State Standards is to create a generation of students who can literally problem solve. It is now less about rote memorization. I think if you understand the intent, it's not something people could be opposed to.
A new study from the Center for American Progress and National Education Association has shown that U.S. teachers don't reflect the diversity of their students. According to the study, nearly half of the students who attend public schools are minorities and yet, less than 1 in five of their teachers are nonwhite, Associated Press reports.
The study hopes to call attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States and both groups believe more can be done to help create more diverse classrooms.
"It becomes easier for students to believe "when they can look and see someone who looks just like them, that they can relate to," Kevin Gilbert, coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, Mississippi told AP. "Nothing can help motivate our students more than to see success standing right in front of them."
President Barack Obama hammered failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his infamous comment about poor Americans and the "47 percent" during the campaign trail. On Saturday, the president turned the remark against himself during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C.
And so it went. No topic was sacred at the 100th anniversary celebration dinner at the Hilton in Washington, D.C., including the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Republican Party and the media. Comedian and actor Joel McHale of NBC's Community served as host.
Obama, who spoke for 20 minutes, said HealthCare.gov "could've gone better," but said that it instead turned into one of the year's biggest movies, before switching to a title screen for the film Frozen.
A portion of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update featuring Leslie Jones has generated backlash on social media.
During the episode, the writer performed a monologue as an image expert, commenting on People naming Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o their most beautiful person.
She congratulated the actress, but what followed had Twitter abuzz.
With the continued consolidation going on within the media (radio, TV, newspapers), there is never-ending debate over the issue of ownership and diversity. But how do you define ownership? Is ownership the issue or editorial control or both?
As members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) like to remind me, black media is by definition black-owned and operated. The NNPA is composed of approximately 200 black newspapers in the United States and the Virgin Islands. They have a combined readership of nearly 20 million and the organization also has a digital presence in BlackPressUSA.com , which enables newspapers to provide real time news and information to its national constituency.
There is no question that these newspapers are wholly owned and operated by blacks, unlike media outlets such as The Grio, The Root, Essence magazine or Black Entertainment Television (BET). These outlets are merely white media masquerading as black-owned media. The Grio is owned by NBC, The Root is owned by the Washington Post, Essence is owned by Time, Inc., and BET is owned by Viacom.
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