Mark died this week. Mark was a friend from when I was the Pastor at Broadway Baptist Church and was a standout in that unusual cast of characters that was in and around the church. Mark was well known at Broadway and in the neighborhood around the church. He lived in an apartment and, later, … Continue reading What Business Are You In?
I presented a report on the state of education in the City of Fort Worth to the FW City Council last night. Here are two news articles about our report: https://fortworthreport.org/2021/08/24/new-report-shows-steep-decline-in-fort-worth-students-academic-performance/ https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crossroads-lab/article253704183.html And here are my remarks to the Council in presenting the report: Thank you for the time tonight. I shared a report with … Continue reading How are Fort Worth Kids Doing Academically?
Should any child’s opportunity for a high-quality education and the life-transforming power that brings be solely determined by a boundary line on a map or how much his or her parents can afford to pay for a house? A recent report issued by the organization I lead demonstrates that it is indeed the case that … Continue reading Choosing Neighborhoods, Choosing Schools
Stories of fathers and sons are often the stuff of myth and legend. They are universal, and they tend to crack the armor I have carefully built around my heart. They always have. Almost twenty years ago, when I was about 30 years old, I read this in the first chapter of a book by … Continue reading Fathers and Sons
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an editorial on June 18, 2021 responding to the report that the Fort Worth Education Partnership prepared and that I presented to the Fort Worth City Council. Report shows Fort Worth must target low-achieving schools | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Here is an article in Sunday's Star-Telegram about our Fort Worth Education Partnership report that I delivered to the City Council last week. Fort Worth: Report shows inequities in access to good schools | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
by Jacob Sanchez, Fort Worth ReportJune 8, 2021 Where a student lives in Fort Worth can determine whether they have access to some of the best or worst performing schools in the city, according to a new report from a new education nonprofit. That factor is out of students’ control, but has contributed to forming … Continue reading New education nonprofit’s report reveals citywide school access inequity
Last year I read a remarkable book on strategy and leadership by Yale professor John Lewis Gaddis called On Grand Strategy. It’s one of the most important books related to leadership I have ever read. Gaddis uses a central metaphorical dichotomy for his analysis: the hedgehog vs. the fox. The ancient Greek poet Archilochus of … Continue reading The Hedgehog and the Fox
Today is-- or was-- my dad's birthday. April 18. He died about 2.5 years ago from injuries sustained in a car accident. I wanted to remember him today, so here is the eulogy I gave at his memorial service. Good News: A Eulogy for my Dad. I was sitting on the couch with my wife… … Continue reading A Eulogy for my Dad
There was a fascinating story in this week’s New York Times about the threat of swarms of locusts in Africa and the attempts to limit the damage: As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them - The New York Times (nytimes.com). The desert locust, known to scientists as “Schistocerca Americana, subspecies gregaria,” is a distant … Continue reading The Years of the Locusts