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Andre Perry Commentary
4:54 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to education. Remember when former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum branded President Obama a snob for wanting everyone in America to go to college? Well, I constantly build schools in the air resembling ivy covered college campuses fashioned after antiquity’s trivium and quadrivium.

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Red River Radio
7:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Gary Borders: Middle Age Means Lifting With Your Legs

Commentator Gary Borders used to be the yes-man when it came to lifting loads of heavy stuff. Now he's rethinking that position after throwing out his middle-aged back.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Teachers and Testing on Trial

Dr. Andre Perry

Teachers have taken a by any means necessary approach to closing the achievement gap even at the expense of student learning. Georgia’s Fulton County District Court indicted 35 educators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, for a cheating scheme that ultimately produced the wrong kind of results. Dozens of Atlanta public schools teachers, leaders and other personnel are turning themselves in to authorities.

However, are teachers completely at fault? An accountability system predicated on achievement test growth may be a co-conspirator.

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WRKF
10:57 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Interviews: LSU Reveille Editor Andrea Gallo

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:06 am

Andrea Gallo, editor of LSU's Reveille student newspaper, talks with Jim about the paper's lawsuit against the university for the secrecy in the recent search for a new chancellor-president.

Conservative commentator Sherif Girgis discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's recent hearing of arguments for and against same-sex marriage.


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Andre Perry Commentary
4:51 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

How Do You Like That White Chocolate?

Dr. Andre Perry

How do you like that white chocolate?

According to units sold, America apparently loves it. White soul man Justin Timberlake sold approximately a million copies of his new album The 20/20 Experience in its first week — his highest first week gains to date. His totals are outpacing his black contemporaries.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Priuses and Haircuts (Shouldn't) Reduce Crime

A few weeks ago, the New Orleans Inspector General reported that he could not tell if the NOPD institutionalized racial profiling, because the department used such crude methods in collecting data during its stop and frisk program.

I found this report almost insulting, in that all one has to do is garner opinions from law-abiding black men who’ve been stopped for no apparent reason. While the latest controversy over racial profiling stems from the recent implementation of Chief Serpas’ “field interview cards,” the practice is far from new.

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Love NOLA
9:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Cabbage Injuries Have Nothing To Do With Makin' Groceries

A rider tosses a cabbage during St. Patrick's Day festivities.
hellokids.com

New Orleans prides itself on being different from the rest of the nation. Our food‘s different, our music’s different... even our humidity is different.  

On top of 'dat, we tend to talk different, too. On today's Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor weighs in on the New Orleans vernacular and suggests that, maybe, the way we talk reflects nothing more than the love for our city, and the secret code that goes with it.

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WRKF
5:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Commentary: From Private School to Public, a Family Leaps

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:53 pm

All but a handful of East Baton Rouge Parish public schools are labeled as poor performers by the state. That’s prompted exodus—individual students leaving the district through the private school voucher program; and a group in southeast Baton Rouge is trying to form a new breakaway district, taking with it some of the newer school buildings and a big chunk of the tax base.

But Commentator Carlos Thomas and his family are putting their faith in the parish school system.

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Love NOLA
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

NOLA + Rhetorical Comments = (Over)Sharing

In many places, the phrase "rhetorical comment" refers to a statement that is not intended to elicit a response. But, of course, New Orleans is not like most places, and New Orleanians are not like most people.

On today's Love NOLA, Brett Will Taylor notes how the rhetorical comments thrown around this city are often seen as invitations to share opinions, stories and, maybe, salvation.

Hear Brett Will Taylor talk the talk on the local reaction towards rhetorical comments.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:49 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Looking Beyond Test Scores to Community

You have got to see this handsome, new public elementary school located in New Orleans. We could easily walk to this inclusive building as most children who live near the school do.

In this neighborhood, the question of will you send your child to a public school isn’t analogous to Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac. The neighborhood chooses to walk to school together.

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