Day: July 16, 2020


Study: More than Half of U.S. Students Experience Summer Learning

Washington, July 9, 2020—Following U.S. students across five summers between grades 1 and 6, a little more than half (52 percent) experienced learning losses in all five summers, according to a large national study recently published. Students in this group lost an average of 39 percent of their total school year gains during each summer. The study […]readmore

Black History

The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’

We’ve all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves…The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

The Two Bed Stuys

I spent my Sunday afternoon having a wonderful at-home brunch with some friends on the deck of my girlfriend’s house in Bed Stuy. It was just us and two other couples… our quarantine bubble. We bought wine from Bed Vyne Wine and Spirits over on Tompkins, and we cooked food and played this game called […]readmore

What's Going On

What’s Going On

The Asheville, North Carolina unanimously passed a resolution on July 14 which supports reparations for its Black residents, encouraging the state to follow suit.The resolution officially apologized for slavery and segregation; however there will not be any direct monies paid to local Blacks. The City Council will invest in and allocate monies to address local […]readmore

View From Here

The View From Here

I spent about 2 hours watching fox & Friends this morning and it is obvious why it’s Trump’s favorite show. The coronavirus pandemic not only did not lead the news, it was mentioned only with one emergency room doctor in a Houston interview. Not mentioned were any statistics on the spiking of deaths in Texas, […]readmore