Follow the Money in Education and Politics

Jan 31, 2023 at 09:11 pm by JC Bowman

It is critical that Tennesseans and Americans trust their election process. Almost certainly, cash is being funneled into obscure organizations in our state to attempt to infl.... Read More

Laboratories of Democracy

Jan 13, 2023 at 03:59 pm by JC Bowman 1

Justice Louis Brandeis called individual states “laboratories of democracy.” States, he held, can enact their own policies regardless of the actions of other state.... Read More

Opinion: New Year, New Hope

Dec 29, 2022 at 03:46 pm by JC Bowman 4

A new year is a time for reflection and more importantly a time for hope. Most people wish for a combination of happiness, health, prosperity, and peace. Educators seek streng.... Read More

Mental Health and the Holiday Season

Dec 23, 2022 at 03:58 pm by JC Bowman 4

Charles Dickens wrote in A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. Th.... Read More

What is Our WHY for Educating Children?

Dec 19, 2022 at 07:32 am by JC Bowman 6

(Submitted by JC Bowman - Commentary) My friend John Carver raised a great question on what is our WHY for educating children. Certainly, we want all children to realize thei.... Read More

What’s Next in Education for Tennessee?

Dec 13, 2022 at 07:35 pm by JC Bowman 1

Submitted by JC Bowman - To the outside world, our industrial model public education system has changed very little in the last fifty years. However, those who have worked wit.... Read More

We Are All Stakeholders in the American Dream

Dec 06, 2022 at 07:03 am by JC Bowman 2

Submitted Commentary by JC Bowman: One of my favorite authors is Erwin McManus, who writes “we all need self-reflection, and more importantly, we must master ourselves.&.... Read More

Collaborative Conferencing Time In Rutherford County

Nov 30, 2022 at 10:44 am by JC Bowman 2

Seemingly every year across the state “collaborative conferencing” gets debated by stakeholders and policymakers.  In Rutherford County schools, this issue is.... Read More

We Need to Debate School Readiness

Nov 22, 2022 at 03:03 pm by JC Bowman 12

Submitted Commentary - School readiness is an important part of early learning. We would be wise to consider a child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual deve.... Read More

Dream On - by JC Bowman

Nov 15, 2022 at 01:23 pm by JC Bowman 6

Every child should have a dream for their future. Not knowing who or what we want will lead us to become someone and something we never wanted to be. As parents or as an educa.... Read More

Commentary: Looking at Attendance and Dropout Issues in Tennessee

Nov 03, 2022 at 07:46 pm by JC Bowman 8

We have seen the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) grab headlines in recent days. Pundits are quick to proclaim that the sky is falling, but the truth is the.... Read More

Commentary: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Results 2022

Oct 25, 2022 at 02:45 pm by JC Bowman 4

Commentary: Like any other test, we are careful about reading too much into the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. With NAEP, representative sa.... Read More