I delivered to the Fort Worth City Council the Fort Worth Education Partnership's annual report that shows how the children of Fort Worth are performing academically today. Here is the text of my remarks to the Council and a link to our full report: I live across the street from De Zavala Elementary School in … Continue reading How are Fort Worth’s Kids Doing Academically?
A meditation by Richard RohrWe come to God not by doing it right, but by doing it wrong. And yet the great forgiveness is to forgive ourselves for doing it wrong. That’s probably the hardest forgiveness of all: that I’m not perfect, that I’m not unwounded, I’m not innocent. “One always learns one’s mystery at … Continue reading Letting Go of Our Innocence
The mission of the Fort Worth Education Partnership is to support, invest in, and coordinate opportunities that increase access to high-quality educational experiences for Fort Worth children. As we go about this work, one of the words that comes up a lot is the word “advocacy.” After you do this work for a while, you … Continue reading Advocate
I just finished reading a book I got from my wife Jamie—The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope. It is a book about the truth that every person has a unique calling and that our greatest responsibility in life is to that inner possibility. … Continue reading One Particular Vocation
This is a compelling piece written by Lety Gomez that demonstrates the power of parent voice in advocating for equity and excellence in public education for all kids-- BrentLety Gómez is the Rocketship Texas Senior Education Organizer. She was a founding parent of Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep and a proud Rocketeer mom for many years. … Continue reading Finding My Voice, My Power, and My Path – by Lety Gomez
There is a Buddhist thought that accurately perceiving reality is a moral act—instead of running away from reality, we must face it. When it comes to the state of the education of our children in Fort Worth, there is a temptation to want to look away. But we must face it. The reality is … Continue reading Don’t Look Away
I am always interested to hear about what other people are reading, and I wish I would take the time to write about each book I read and post it here. But since I'm probably not going to get that done, here are links to well-done book reviews of the last two books I read. … Continue reading Two Book Reviews
Luke 10:25-37 We all know the story. A lawyer asks Jesus, What must I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus accepts the lawyer’s answer of loving God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and your neighbor as yourself. Jesus affirms the man's answer as a good one. The scene would be over … Continue reading The One By the Side of the Road
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?