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“The preservation of a democratic civilization requires the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove. The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice.” -Reinhold Niebuhr I haven’t been blogging regularly recently because I am at the end of transitioning…

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Jun 14 2012

SIGns of Change in the Mississippi Delta

I’ve had the opportunity to work at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for the past two weeks as part of LEE’s Summer Fellowship program. I sought out this summer position for a few reasons. I’ve always been a big picture thinker, and I was very interested in learning about the entire leadership structure affecting…

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Mar 25 2012

I’m Tired Of Playing (Hunger) Games

Back in the summer before 7th Grade, I had just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4) when the first movie was set to come out. Personally, I was irritated because I had been made fun of for reading the series but by the time the movies came out, all of…

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Feb 22 2012

A Double-Edged Sword

It’s nice to be reminded that I’m a competent individual; especially in light of the many challenges a teacher faces in a rural, low-income area. At the same time, I wish there wasn’t an inverse relationship between praise for the teacher and kudos for the kids. According to conventional wisdom (in some crowds) charter schools…

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Feb 19 2012

“Students First” or First, Students?

“Mr. Britt, why’d you go to Harvard only to come deal with these disrespectful kids? You don’t get paid enough to deal with this, right?” – 14 year old female student Recently, I read an article in the Washington Post and it killed me! Reform leaders and public officials are STILL caught up in debates…

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