Why Black Colleges Need Charter Schools

Why Black Colleges Need Charter Schools

Only 35% of students earn bachelor’s degrees in six years. Why? Because traditional public schools failed to prepare them.

By Allysia Finley

Charter schools are the “polite cousins of segregation,” in the words of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charters. Film festivals are screening “Backpack Full of Cash,” a pro-union documentary narrated by Matt Damon that portrays charters as separate and unequal institutions.

Pushing back against these invidious attacks is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that represents 47 historically black schools. “We cannot afford this kind of issue-myopia in our society,” the fund’s president, Johnny Taylor, wrote in a syndicated op-ed this fall. “If the NAACP continues to reject the educational opportunities school choice provides them, they risk becoming irrelevant—or worse—an enemy of the very people they claim to fight for.”

Mr. Taylor will step down next month after a seven-year tenure during which he has relentlessly promoted charters as a lifeline for black students and a pipeline for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. On the heels of the fund’s 30th-anniversary gala last week, Mr. Taylor sat down in a Washington hotel to chat about the challenges HBCUs face and why he thinks parental choice—he doesn’t like the term “school choice”—is a solution.

First on the syllabus is a short history of HBCUs, which were established during the Jim Crow era to educate blacks who were then barred from many colleges and universities.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 authorized federal aid to HBCUs, a program known as Title III. But as states reduced their support two decades later, tuition at public HBCUs was rising. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund was formed in 1987 to provide scholarships to students attending public HBCUs. (Its counterpart for private HBCUs is the United Negro College Fund, established in 1944.)

Lately HBCUs have been struggling with enrollment and recruitment because they no longer have a “captive market,” as Mr. Taylor says. Over the past 40 years, the higher-education landscape has significantly changed as more schools have sought to diversify their student bodies. In 1977, 35% of black college graduates received bachelor’s degrees from HBCUs. By 2015 that had declined to 14%.

Other schools are now offering generous financial aid and superior facilities to recruit black students, while the demographics of “economically fragile” communities have shifted. Five of the Marshall Fund’s members—West Virginia State University, Bluefield State College, Lincoln University, Kentucky State University and the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science—now enroll more white than black students.

“Sometimes you have to be careful what you pray for,” Mr. Taylor says. “You wanted diversity, and guess what happened? You got diversity. We have two schools in Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University and Lincoln University of Missouri. Well, while people are screaming bloody murder for the University of Missouri to be more diverse, guess where it’s going to get its students? It’s cannibalizing our campuses.” Here in the nation’s capital, he adds, “Georgetown is going to Howard to pick off their best students.”

Thus HBCUs tend to educate predominantly low-income populations, while well-to-do and better-educated black students attend more-prestigious schools. That makes it harder for HBCUs to raise money for scholarships and campus improvements. Mr. Taylor says he donates to his alma mater, Florida’s University of Miami, which is not an HBCU: “All of my money goes to Miami. I have no reason to give it to Howard. I didn’t go to Howard.”

A related challenge is low retention. Just 35% of HBCU students graduate in six years, compared with about 60% for all colleges. At seven HBCUs, less than 20% of black students earn a bachelor’s degree in six years.

The root problem, Mr. Taylor explains, is that traditional public schools are failing to prepare students. In “economically fragile” communities, many low-income students graduate from high school without basic literacy, and those admitted to HBCUs often need remedial classes. That presents HBCUs with a dual challenge. “When you show up to my college, I’m in trouble and you’re in trouble,” Mr. Taylor says. “I can’t get you through, and the feds are holding me accountable for graduation rates. And you’re frustrated because you feel like you were shafted for 12 years by the secondary-school system—and you were.”

Charter schools, he says, can do better, which would help HBCUs succeed in turn. Many charter networks, such as the Knowledge Is Power Program (often called KIPP), have placed a special emphasis on ensuring that their students finish college. Overall, only 9% of students from low-income families earn college degrees within six years; the rate for many major charter networks is three to five times as high.

The dapper and upbeat Mr. Taylor attributes his personal success to having attended a magnet public school—a charter prototype—in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I can tell you now where everyone else in my neighborhood ended up and where I ended up, because I was bused out of my neighborhood,” he says. “My mother wanted me to get a better shot than my public school and my neighborhood.”

Thus Mr. Taylor takes the opposition to such opportunities personally: “The notion that someone sitting at the NAACP’s headquarters in Baltimore could take that choice away from my mother is unacceptable.”

He adds that “I don’t suggest that charters or vouchers or any of the other options are the panacea.” But he insists that if “you know that the traditional public school system is failing your children, to say, ‘I’m not going to do anything but pour more money into something I know is not working,’ should be criminal. And I know that’s a strong word—but it should be criminal because you are stealing children’s lives.”

Several HBCUs have set up charters of their own, which serve as prep schools. “Howard University has a charter school, and the idea is to expose students to Howard University much earlier in their educational life cycle,” Mr. Taylor says. “Nine or 10 of our schools actually operate charters. You have K-12 kids walking onto a college campus every day. So they can envision college as a real option.”

But Americans still need convincing. A poll earlier this year by Education Next showed that public support for charters had dropped over the preceding 12 months, to 39% from 51%. Mr. Taylor attributes the decline in part to the deceptive claim by teachers unions that charter schools are private. They aren’t:

Charters are public schools free from union control and under independent management.

But poor communication by education reformers hasn’t helped. “I don’t like the term ‘school choice,’ ” Mr. Taylor says, “because schools don’t choose children. I believe in ‘parental choice.’ That is a far better phrase. Schools don’t choose children, because if that’s the case, then it buys into this notion that, ‘Well, the kids that I don’t want, I’m not going to accept into my school. I’ll leave them at the public school.’ ”

In the District of Columbia, Mr. Taylor has witnessed firsthand how charter competition impels improvements at traditional public schools. Similarly, he hopes increased competition for black college students will make “the entire HBCU sector step up and respond.”

As an example of that competition he points to Georgia State University, which takes “Pell Grant-eligible kids and graduates them at double the rate of everyone else. The kids are coming out of school faster and with significantly less debt . . . and they have good jobs—relevant jobs to industry.” He believes HBCUs like Clark Atlanta University will have to improve to prevent the likes of Georgia State from poaching recruits. North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU, has boosted its STEM curriculum to compete with nearby Duke and the University of North Carolina.

One impediment to progress, not unique to HBCUs, has been institutional inertia, Mr. Taylor says. Many colleges and faculty have resisted tailoring their curricula to the workforce needs of businesses. So even though companies aggressively recruit minorities, candidates graduate ill-equipped for jobs.

“Just because you finished a master’s degree,” Mr. Taylor says, “if what you learned in your curriculum was not rigorous or relevant, then Silicon Valley looks at you and says, ‘Well, that’s interesting that you have a degree, but it doesn’t work for us. You’re not prepared to do anything.’ ” Faculty at HBCUs need to understand, he adds, that “your syllabus is not totally yours; it has to be a partnership between industry and you the professor.”

The conversation turns to what the Trump administration can do to help HBCUs. Mr. Taylor’s priority is infrastructure: “I’m not necessarily talking bricks and mortar. The most important investment in HBCUs has to be technology—wiring these campuses and positioning them to compete in the 21st century. I don’t need a larger Office of Civil Rights.”

His other request is simple: “Talk with us, learn our community.” Mr. Taylor says “I can’t help myself” from pointing out that the Obama administration “made too many decisions for HBCUs without talking to HBCUs.” He cites the decision in 2012 to reduce eligibility for Pell Grants to 12 semesters from 18. “People say that ‘anybody should finish in six years.’ Yes, if that ‘anybody’ had 12 years of solid K-12 education.”

He says the early signs from the Trump administration are promising. While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February clumsily referred to HBCUs as “pioneers” in school choice, she quickly clarified her remarks and has since made numerous overtures. She gave a May commencement address at Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University and in August met privately in the Sunshine State with several HBCU leaders.

Last month, Mr. Taylor says, he got wind that the Education Department was preparing changes to Title III’s funding formulas that could cost HBCUs $100 million. “To their credit,” he recalls, “we sent a letter to Secretary DeVos on a Wednesday. Friday she convened a meeting of all of the heads of the HBCU advocacy organizations and announced she was going to grandfather all of the HBCUs in.”

He acknowledges that “I don’t think that we’re going to get some huge appropriation of cash, because it’s a conservative movement.” Still, “I’m optimistic about HBCU issues.”

How does he respond to staff and students who object to engagement with the GOP and the Trump White House? “More than half of our HBCUs sit in Republican congressional districts,” he says. A large majority are in states with GOP legislatures, governors or both. In other words, Republicans hold the purse strings. “If your budget comes from the federal government and the state government, not talking to them is a bad idea,” Mr. Taylor says.

“We are nonpartisan,” he emphasizes before rushing off to give a keynote speech on criminal justice at the Charles Koch Institute’s Advancing Justice annual summit. “I hope we all start thinking: What’s in the best interest of the kid? If we let that be sort of our compass, our guiding light, then you don’t care what the union wants. You don’t care about what the NAACP wants.”

Ms. Finley is a Journal editorial page writer.

Star Parker – Hearing on H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017

Hearing on H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 For Submission to the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (FULL text testimony HERE)

My name is Star Parker. I am the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education based here in Washington, DC and I want to thank you Mr. Chairman for this opportunity to declare my support of H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017. The abortion industry all across America, and in particularly in our most distressed communities, is preying on our nation’s most vulnerable, brutally dismembering their offspring: and yet there is no federal protection that the women considering abortion receive full disclosure about the human being growing within her. Recently a famous rapper name Nicki Minaj told Rolling Stone magazine that an abortion of her youth still haunts her: a heart wrenching story being told by many thousands of distraught men and women in hundreds of communities all across our great country. I was one such woman: when years ago, lost in sexual recklessness, had four abortions; without any counsel nor information from the abortion providers about the distinct humanity of the life that was growing within me. I heard all the propaganda of the abortion peddlers, in school, in media, from community and political leaders – yet I heard nothing of infant development in the womb nor any information about their morality. Perhaps then, one might argue that little was known about the development or mortality of an embryo or fetus: very few instruments were available to medically or scientifically detect heartbeat. But today, due to modern technology, this is not an argument that can be made, in particular with the advent of ultrasound where we can now hear and measure a heartbeat within the womb.

Need for H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 To illustrate the humanity of the life in a womb and express the great need for this Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 490, I want to share stories I have heard over and over again in State after State about the impact of abortion on their personal lives.

1. Texas: This man had deep regret of an abortion in his youth after discovery of information on fetal development upon his wife’s first pregnancy and he ended up in counseling for depression. When he saw the heartbeat of their expectant offspring on sonogram, his heart rushed with panic of the abortion he had a decade earlier with a girlfriend.

2. North Carolina: This couple talked themselves into an abortion for financial reasons and then couldn’t look at each other again after thinking about fetal development and thus ended their marriage.

3. Alaska: This pastor found out his minor daughter had had an abortion without consent after she was in agonizing pain in that she was carrying twins and the abortionist only killed one. The survivor of this botched abortion is now an adult and speaking out against abortion. Interestingly and for the record, all three of these stories were told to me by men. Do you agree with Star Parker?

Watch HERE and leave her a comment of support

Personally I think we could each call and show support for Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 490 – AS WELL as admonishing Congressman Steve Cohen disrespecting Star and calling her ignorant. See HERE

Let us stand together. 

Some Enemies Are Still Honorable

By Ronald F. Owens Jr.
November 1, 2017

Japanese Naval Admiral Isoroku
Yamamoto masterminded the December 7, 1941 attack against our U.S. Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Ironically, Yamamoto respected the United States. He opposed attacking Pearl Harbor — where 2,403 of our men were killed and 1,178 were wounded.

Years before December 7, 1941, Yamamoto attended Harvard University. He became fluent in English. Later, he was also assigned to Washington D.C. as Japan’s naval attaché. While in the United States, he played poker with U.S. Naval officers. Touring the country, Yamamoto learned about American society, customs and her industrial infrastructure.

Yamamoto was popular with his men but unpopular with his contemporaries, because he opposed Japan’s military pact with Adolph Hitler’s Germany and Benito Mussolini’s Italy.

He received death threats and was the target of assassination by Japan’s other military (particularly in the Army) nationalists. Since Yamamoto’s opposition to military alliance with Germany and Italy, he seemed to dislike Hitler and Mussolini. I wonder if there’s any documented friction between Yamamoto and Hideki Tojo, General of the Imperial Japanese Army? I ask this question because Tojo was responsible for Hitlerian-like war crimes. I get a sense Yamamoto would have disapproved of Tojo’s war on humanity tactics.

Yamamoto was loyal to his country and Emperor Hirohito, so he viewed planning the attack against the United States as his duty. Yamamoto predicted to his superiors that if the Japanese Navy wasn’t successful knocking off our entire Navy the first few months, Japan would eventually lose the war. His superiors didn’t listen to him. Yamamoto was prescient, because that’s what happened. Our ability to manufacture war matériel was how we won the war.

Yamamoto was shot down on April 18, 1943 by Army Air Force planes over the Solomon Islands.

Yamamoto’s legacy: He was the first to envision using aircraft carriers as a platform to launch attack aircraft.

According to DictionaryDotCom, the definition of “honor” is: honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor; a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family; high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor; such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead; high public esteem; fame; glory.

According to DictionaryDotCom, the definition of “honorable” is: in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men; of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished; worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable; bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.

I get it. The survivors of 2,403 of our men who died in Pearl Harbor as well as the families of the 1,178 wounded would not consider Yamamoto to be an honorable man.

I get it. Gen. Robert E. Lee fought on the side who enslaved millions of black slaves, including my ancestors. It would be difficult for blacks of today to deem Lee as an honorable man.

I dislike Yamamoto. His military decisions and actions resulted in the deaths of my/our countrymen.

I dislike Lee. His military decisions and actions almost resulted in the Confederacy’s victory and perpetuating the institution of slavery.

But Yamamoto was an honorable man.

And White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was correct when he stated to Laura Ingraham of FOX News, that “Robert E. Lee was an honorable man.”

Stating that someone conducted themselves with honor or asserting that someone is honorable doesn’t mean that you like them or agree with them or approve of them or even disapprove of their actions.

It purely means they were honorable doing what they believed was right — for their country/their emperor (Yamamoto) or for Virginia/the Confederacy (Lee.)

Let’s be adults. Not everyone is going to be on our side in life. We will always have national, political, professional, sports, etc., enemies or opponents. But the question is when and while they oppose us do our opponents have honor and are they honorable?

It’s only natural for Kelly, a four-star United States Marine Corps General, to state that Lee “was an honorable man.”

I’m sure Kelly has read about Gen. Lee and studied Gen. Lee’s battlefield tactics. I betcha, having served in the Marine Corps for more than 40 years, that Kelly has also read and studied Admiral Yamamoto as well.

Generals on the same side and Generals on opposing sides respect one another. It’s only natural for Generals on the same side and Generals on opposing sides to state “General Such and Such” and “General So and So” is/was an honorable man.

But for those who have been vanquished or been victimized by “General Such and Such” and “General So and So,” it’s quite natural for them to not accord them with “honor” nor say they were “honorable.”

Rather than be offended by inanimate statues honoring Lee’s legacy, let’s deal with the political party that started the Civil War in the first place and to this day is treasonous to the United States of America.

I’ve stated this before and I’ll state it again.

The Democrat Party is a rogue, seditious, treasonous and violent political party whose members caused genocide, instituted slavery, defended slavery, tortured the enslaved, promoted secession, separated from the Union, fomented revolution, waged civil war, impeded reconstruction, started the Ku Klux Klan, terrorized former slaves, enacted Jim Crow laws, lynched white Republicans, murdered opponents, lynched black Republicans, enforced Jim Crow laws, discriminated against blacks, assisted the Nazi’s, contributed to the Holocaust, impeded civil rights, created the welfare state, cheated in elections, defrauded electors, championed abortion, defended the butchering of aborted babies, defended the bartering of baby body parts, aided America’s enemies, imperiled American citizens, instigated urban unrest, and facilitated riots.

The Democrat Party should be deemed seditious, designated treasonous, declared illegal, disbanded, demolished and disallowed from ever operating in the United States of America!

(Ronald F. Owens Jr. is the author of “Noah, Preparer of the Ark” and “Judas, Betrayer of Jesus,” Bible stories about biblical people written in their own words.)

PEDOGATE, Child Sacrifice, info and heroes – By Ronald Owens

Is it proper for Harvey Weinstein’s own company to fire him and is it right for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel him from just allegations?

Admittedly, one of the allegations was captured by a New York City Police Department undercover audio recording. Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a 20-something Italian model, can be heard trying to rebuff the aggressive and manipulative sexual advances of a much older, powerful and influential man.

Admittedly, it sounds like Weinstein. Admittedly, it could very well be Weinstein. But we must objectively ask: Is it indeed Weinstein?

So is it right to terminate Weinstein from his job and expel Weinstein from the motion picture guild based on accusations and audio taped evidence that could or could not be admissible in a court of law?

I have to admit, Weinstein’s job-firing and union membership-expelling momentarily caused me to pause. I thought: A man has a right to make a living. He has now been deprived of that right based on accusations.

I’m reminded that many a man has been falsely accused. I’m also reminded that many a race riot and lynching and many a state-sponsored execution and character assassination have been based on false accusations.

Weinstein’s accusers and their accusations are just now coming to light. I suspect there are local and federal investigations ramping up. If this is true and if local and federal law enforcement officials deem that there is sufficient evidence and Weinstein is indicted of sexual assault or rape, there’s still is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We all need to remember that before rushing to judgment.

But friends I must honestly admit. I have already rushed to judgment. When it comes to babies being victimized, I gladly plead guilty for rushing to judgment on these six counts.

Count One: I plead guilty in this Weinstein scandal for rushing to judgment because based on the comments of his friends and colleagues, I think Weinstein is guilty.

Count Two: I plead guilty for rushing to judgment because I think the women who allowed themselves to be sexually harassed or be raped to get an acting job bear some responsibility.

Count Three: I plead guilty for rushing to judgment because I think the women who remained silent to get paid and be famous are indirectly responsible for the suffering of other women.

Count Four: I plead guilty for rushing to judgment because these women have perpetuated the sexual harassment and rape culture in Hollywood.

Count Five: I plead guilty for rushing to judgment because based on the testimony of others I know — not just merely suspect — that there’s far worse going on in Hollywood.

Count Six: I plead guilty for rushing to judgment because that far worse going on in Hollywood is pedophilia.

Weinstein has been accepted and tolerated. Weinstein has been lauded and lionized. All these years everyone in his industry knew that he sexually harassed and purportedly raped several young women. They accepted and tolerated him. They lauded and lionized him. They sold their bodies and they sold their souls because they needed him. They used him. He needed them and so he used them.

But they don’t need him anymore to advance their careers. They only need him to be their fall guy to save their careers — because they are just like him.

So now Weinstein is being shunned and shamed because those who are now shunning him and shaming him are also guilty of what he’s done. They’re guilty of a whole lot hellish more; so they’re covering their own Gluteus Maximus!

I’m a calm, rationale intellectual, analytical and fair-minded Christian man who momentarily paused at Weinstein’s job-firing and union membership-expelling.

But as I reflect about the victims; I toss my calm; rationale; intellectual, analytical and fair-mindedness out the window of a speeding car when I think of all the unknown babies, the wailing toddlers, the terrified children and the traumatized teenagers who have, are, and will continually be sexually abused until those bullying adults who are committing this horrific abuse are stopped!!!

Yes I am guilty for rushing to judgment because that far worse going on in Hollywood is even worse than sexual harassment; far worse than rape; worser than pedophilia!

Some children have been tortured. Other children have been killed. There have been children who have been eaten!

Shocking as all this reads these evil, depraved and truly deplorable people believe they get power by shedding and consuming innocent blood.

So they sadistically rape, cruelly torture, ritualistically kill, voraciously eat, and sickeningly drink the blood of children — yes, CHILDREN! They also ingest, snort, and shoot drugs. They drink alcohol and are involved in mind control.

This is going on in Hollywood, California in the west to Washington D.C. in the east and everywhere up north to down south. These people are closet Luciferians.

This is the “swamp” President Donald Trump is referencing. This is the Establishment! That’s why they’re ALL against Trump!

It’s just not the entertainment industry. It’s just not even the Democrats. It’s the Republicans as well (research the 1990ish Franklin Coverup and watch the “Conspiracy of Silence” documentary).

Ladies and gentlemen: Pizzagate or pedogate is not “fake news.” Pizzagate or pedogate is REAL NEWS. And Weinstein’s sexual misconduct is not the tip of the iceberg. Weinstein’s sexual misconduct is merely the tip of the ice cube!

Torture and satanic ritual abuse and killing and cannibalism of babies is what’s going on in Hollywood and I betcha having known this or recently learned of this you are all guilty of rushing to judgment with me!

COMMERCIAL TIME:

In addition to keep praying, there IS something we can all do. Continually be informed. (Thank you for reading and sharing my posts). Research about the Franklin Coverup and watch the “Conspiracy of Silence” documentary.

We can also financially support organizations that help victims of sex trafficking.

I’m seriously considering donating to support one such organization. Former Navy SEAL Craig “Sawman” Sawyer, other military veterans and retired law enforcement personnel, are going after these elite pedophiles.

Sawyer, who is featured in the video, said not only are they going after these elite pedophiles but they are producing an hour-long documentary, which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

Please click on the link below and watch the informative and inspirational video. Thank you.

By the way: Sawyer said if you do decide donate to Vets4ChildRescueDotOrg, DON’T USE PAYPAL, because it will take about six months before they get the money — if they even get the money at all. (Sawyer will explain more in the video).

Thank you.

— By Ronald F Owens Jr

https://youtu.be/ML4aLd5CeTA

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House of Representatives Passes Bill Honoring Frederick Douglass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 11, 2017

Contact: Jacque Clark, 202-225-5311

House of Representatives Passes Bill Honoring Frederick Douglass

WASHINGTON, DC: On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2989, the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act.  Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2989, and released the following statement lauding its passage:

“I commend my colleagues in the House for passing the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act today. In September, I had the privilege of visiting Wye House, a plantation on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where Frederick Douglass spent part of his childhood. It was truly incredible to learn more about the history of Frederick Douglass and the other enslaved peoples of Wye House, and to explore the origins of modern African American heritage and culture.

As we approach the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth, all Americans should learn more about his work as an abolitionist and his lasting influence on our nation’s culture, as I did at Wye House. The commission established by this legislation will determine the best ways to honor this great American hero, and his fight for freedom and equality.”

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Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01)

1533 Longworth House Office Building

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How I Became a Republican

How I Became a Republican

By Ronald F. Owens Jr.

August 1, 2017

I am the son of a United States Air Force sergeant who was born on an Air Force base near Tokyo, Japan. Raised in a Christian home, my mother and father transported my three siblings and me in our 1969 beige Volkswagen bus to three Sunday morning services. After lunch and afternoon nap, they took us to Sunday evening service. We attended Bible study on Tuesday, went to mid-week service on Wednesday, and sang at choir rehearsal on Thursday. On Friday, we had family fun night. On Saturday, we ate pancake breakfast in the morning and cleaned the house and worked in the yard in the afternoon. Then it was back to church on Sunday as we started that regimen all over again.

When we weren’t in the church, we attended prayer meetings, church seminars, and conventions. My parents exposed us to the some of the most prominent ministries of the 1970s, such as Corrie Ten Boom, Jamie Buckingham, Kenneth Copeland, Kathryn Kuhlman, John Osteen, Derek Prince, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart and David Wilkerson.

We read the Holy Bible as a family and had family Bible studies. We prayed as a family. We were also taught to read, study and pray individually. Secular music was unacceptable in our house. My mother even screened contemporary Christian music to make sure it was scriptural and spiritually edifying. Continue reading

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Fathers we need you.

Fathers we are asking you to step up.  The Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY is proud to support the local FATHERHOOD-BEGINS-IN-THE-WOMB billboard  ( A project created by Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance foundation) and “Am I not a Child Inititive”

Abortion is not a just a “woman’s issue.” The person that the baby in the mother’s womb is destined to become is just as dependent upon the baby’s father as on the baby’s mother.

Dr. Alveda King had this to say: “A human person in the womb has 46 chromosomes; 23 from Dad, 23 from Mom. It takes two, baby…… I honor the memory of my earthly biological father Rev. A.D. King; his father and my grandfather Daddy King, who rescued me from abortion; my Pastor and Mentor Allen McNair; all of whom live in Heaven now with the Greatest Father of all, HEAVENLY FATHER. All praise to GOD, ABBA FATHER, SON JESUS and HOLY SPIRIT.”

Pastor Dean Nelson shared this with us “Too many children in America are growing up without their fathers. We must do everything we can to reverse this curse. Challenging men to take responsibility for their children even before they are born is a step in the right direction. Frederick Douglass made it plain when he said, “it is easier to build strong children that to repair broken men”.  Let’s shout it from the rooftops, Fatherhood begins in the Womb!!”

We are in a very vulnerable place today. Our communities are riddled with violence. Every time we turn on the television, we hear about some form of violence or another and then, like clock-work, some “Stop the Violence” campaign is paraded out or some new initiative is started. I am all for addressing violence, but this leads me to two important questions. How can we talk about stopping violence when we teach that violence in the womb is fine? How can we pretend we aren’t joking when we say we’re against violence when we give permission and sometimes even beg for violence on the most innocent and vulnerable in society- our children in the womb?

Abortion is one of the most violent ways to die, and fathers have a role to play in stopping the trend of violence against the pre-born.

In the U.S., 85% of all abortions are performed in the wombs of unmarried women. Many are either pressured to abort by the father of the child, or they are left without support from the father who scurried away like a coward. Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz said:

“I am all too familiar with this statistic, I know that getting pregnant out of wedlock produces an extra strenuous environment for all involved, which is one BIG reason you should wait for marriage to engage in sexual relations, but this is a time we all need to grow up and act like an adult, even if you didn’t want to or weren’t ready to.”

Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz’ husband Matt Kreutz wasn’t as soft as his wife when asked what men should think about abortion in the days leading up to Fathers’ Day:

“Baby slaying at the abortion mill is not a family virtue. Fathers need to realize this just as much as mothers. Babies in the womb aren’t equipped with guns and knives to defend themselves against abortion ‘doctors’ creeping through their mother’s vagina and invading her womb to kill them. If men aren’t willing to protect pre-born babies from being slaughtered in the womb, what use on this planet are we? The consequences of knocking up your girl, even though you might not be ready for kids, is that you’ve got nine months to get ready.  That’s the deal.  Man up and get ready. Pip squeaks who chicken out of manhood and let their kids get slaughtered at the abortion mill deserve nothing but scorn.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, things have gotten worse for the most vulnerable. Among women who are seeking abortions:

  • 75% are the poor and working poor,
  • 59% are already mothers,
  • 61% are women of color.
  • Half of all abortions are repeat abortions

Women are remarkable and resilient. We can give single moms their due for not only choosing life but also for all that they do to provide for their kids. We can do that all the while acknowledging the Godly notion that two-parent homes are the ideal place for kids to be raised. This is not an insult. It’s just the way God envisioned things. Nonetheless, circumstances do not always turn out ideal. In those cases, we adjust and do our best. At the same time, we can be honest and admit that every piece of evidence shows that all families are not equal.

On children who aren’t in a two-parent home, here are some stats:

  • 5 times more likely to live in poverty
  • Nearly one third of single female-led households live in poverty
  • 9% of single male-led households live in poverty
  • 8% of two-parent married homes live in poverty

“Compared to children living with married biological parents, those whose single parent had a live-in partner had more than 8 times the rate of maltreatment overall, over 10 times the rate of abuse, and nearly 8 times the rate of neglect.” –Administration of Children & Families, Dept. of Health & Human Services, pg. 12, “Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect”, 2010.

Although many single parents bravely do all they can do to raise and love their children, the simple truth is that single-parenthood is not the best situation for our children or for our future.

Fathers, where are you? We need you.

There are a series of issues we have to address

Men, who’ve chosen to have sex and then to avoid any and all responsibility for the natural result of said sexual activity, have no excuse. Real men stand up and take on the responsibility of their actions. Those who don’t are not real men.

Nonetheless, the government has failed miserably at protecting the rights of fathers. Presently, men have no legal say in what a woman does to his child in her belly. As well, the court system overwhelmingly favors the women in custody cases. While this may be necessary in some circumstances, this unequal weighing of rights in the court of law actually has the side consequence of alleviating the man’s obligation when it comes to children.  Men need to realize that, while the court of law sees them as useless reprobates when it comes to children, they actually do have the obligation to step up and to fulfill their God-given responsibilities to provide for their children in every way possible. Boys that only live up to the expectations of the court, which are very low, are boys that fail to live up to any expectations. Manhood alludes them, and their babies get killed.

A person is an organism with unique human DNA, governing his or her own maturation from conception to natural death. Every person bears the image of God. Any person, therefore, demands our utmost dignity, respect, and protection—man, woman, boy and girl—from the womb to the tomb. An attack on the dignity of one of the least of God’s children is an attack on the personhood of us all.

Thank you to all the fathers that have manned up.

For those on the verge of skipping out on manhood, respect and adoration is your reward for manning up. Societal scorn is the consequence of girlie-boying out. By the way, men who step up for children that have been abandoned by their real fathers are just as valuable and should be just as adored and respected.  Fatherhood is fatherhood.

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School Choice is Equality in Education

 

Originally posted on The Minority Reporter HERE as School Choice: Equality in Education Starts with Us

AyeshaHeadShotBy Ayesha Kreutz

School choice provides a way for equal access to a quality education, and, for citizens who have agreed upon laws in which taxpayers contribute to overall public education funding, if that is the case, doesn’t it only make sense that parents should have the broadest educational options available?

Education, and thus school choice, is an issue near and dear to my heart. Why? Because outside of Jesus and family, education is a prime indicator of a free people. Frederick Douglass said “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” It was true then, and it is true now.

Teaching our kids to read, and critically think independently is giving them the power to be whatever they want to be, achieve justice, and change society for the better. That is the power of true education.

Now, do not get me wrong, I am not a proponent of forced, state-mandated, or “compulsory” education. In fact, I believe that, without a doubt, it is a parent’s right, responsibility, and duty to educate his or her child. But, since this is the system we have right now, it is where school choice comes in.

How a family chooses to educate its child is its own business: whether it be in a public school, charter school, home-school, private school, or some other form. However, unfortunately, as I look around, I see teachers’ unions and government school protectionists standing in the way of parental choice, blocking innovation, and demonizing competition. School choice programs are optional ways to free poor urban and rural children from failing schools.

What we have been doing for the past few decades is not working, and it would be wise for us to again adjust the system. Though, personally, I think it is an abject failure and sh

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ould be completely dismantled and rebuilt –  but that is an entirely different article.

Anyway, changing our voting patterns, and voting for choices that allow parents to choose the best path for our children would be a good start. We love them, and we love them more than any government system ever could. It is a fallacy to suggest that the majority of parents are ignorant losers who have no interest in their child’s education or well-being. Yet, it is this very idea the jack-booted government-school protectorate not so subtly foists upon the general population. Loving our children should not be equated with voluntarily subjecting our children to these greedy tax-collecting government bureaucrats in charge of indoctrinating children in the dark ways of the secular world on our dime.

The beauty of school choice is three-fold. First, it puts the parents in charge, instead of the state – as it should be. Second, it gives opportunities to families with limited means a voice. Third, it makes each educational option a better one by causing the do-nothing educational-fiefdom bureaucrats to step up their game to compete for the privilege of educating our children.

Actually, that leads to one of the best aspects of school choice – hope. When you know there is a better opportunity out there for your child, it creates hope in you, and in your child. This, in-turn, results in most people trying harder. Knowing there is a way out of poverty through an education system that actually works makes education more valuable.

Just imagine knowing that someone is competing for your kid, competing to give him or her the best education. Wouldn’t that only stoke your fire, to be involved in your kids’ academics, to make sure they are doing their work, to make sure they are doing the best they can, so they do well enough to be chosen for the school of your choice? Even if your child is not picked the first time, or at all, the family time and education they have gotten is already better, simply because you are more involved, and you pushed them. It is a win-win.

School choice is simply allowing your tax monies that the government takes from you, whether you like it or not, to follow your child and to be used for the educational choices you make.

That is not only reasonable, but beneficial, wouldn’t you say? Consider that the city of Rochester gets approximately $22,000 a year, per kid. That is more than most local private schools – double – in many cases. Now, imagine if that $22,000 could be used to get your child into an Allendale (if that is what you wanted), and all you had to do was come up with the other $2,000, or it could be covered by one of their in-house scholarships?

In many cases, if the money followed the child, sending your child to a private school, such as Finney, or a montessori school, would be saving you, me, and every other tax payer money.

I’m a firm believer in empowering parents; yet, I watch the system and teachers’ unions oppose our voice at the collective bargaining table, telling us that they are the experts and know best, while all the while our schools continue to fail us. Our children suffer the consequences of their social engineering and bad experiments, decisions for which government bureaucracies suffer nothing.

I know it can be discouraging, but I am here to say, stick to your guns. Stay the course, and fight for school choice, no matter how hard the government jack boots push back. We shall not be silenced.

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