What Business Are You In?

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?

How are Fort Worth Kids Doing Academically?

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?

Choosing Neighborhoods, Choosing Schools

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

New education nonprofit’s report reveals citywide school access inequity

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

The Hedgehog and the Fox

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

The Years of the Locusts

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