Howard's Overnight Success Is A Fraud

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The success the Black community has been touting about at Howard is just another failure of Blacks that must not go unnoticed. What I am referring to is that Howard has been a failing school ever since I can remember, but recently it was taken off the none-performance list because of overnight success. We know as educators that there is no overnight success in education because education is an evolution not a revolution. We learned that from the Atlanta testing scandal.

When failing schools like Howard claim overnight success, that’s a red flag and deserves further review. What I found in analyzing these data from the state’s report card was a different story for Howard; they’re not successful as they claim, but are creating success when none is there. At this point, I have turned my findings over to the state for punitive actions.

In looking at the state’s report card as it relates to achievement scores and graduation rates, I found a troubling correlation with Howard. It’s axiomatic that achievement should have a positive correlation with graduation rates. In others words, high achievement scores should result in high graduation rates, and low achievement scores should correlate to low graduation rates. With Howard the converse is true; they have low achievement scores, but high graduation rates. I put together a chart comparing four schools in the Hamilton County school system; Brainerd, Hixson, Ooltewah and Howard, and what I found was that of the four schools I examined, Howard has the lowest achievement scores but the highest graduation rate. How can that be?

That’s what educators call social promotion.

What the administration appears to be doing over at Howard is graduating students with low achievement scores and falsifying their data to create high graduation rates. Howard is a dump; always has been and always will — education is everybody’s business since as a nation we’re failing our children, especially Black kids.

Clifford Eberhardt, Ed.D


Protecting The Flock

I had an interesting experience last weekend. Being an avid Angry Bird player, I was anxious to see the movie. We traveled over to the Wynsong theater and were greeted by the first responders of our community. Firemen, sheriffs, police officers, Lifeforce all arrived to show that they were there to "protect the flock". The flock are the birds that are being eaten by the pigs...for ... (click for more)

Late-Night Harassment By The Signal Mountain Police - And Response (13)

I am writing about the misconduct of the Signal Mountain Police Department. This is a repetitive civil rights problem, systemic within their department, with no hint of remorse or regret or a notion to change, though they have been confronted numerous times.   I live on Signal Mountain. In the last few months, I have been pulled over three times while I was driving three ... (click for more)

Police Chief Says Community Will Have Input On Placement Of Crime Cameras; To Be Tied In With New Real Time Intelligence Center

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Tuesday that the community will have input on the placement of cameras designed to deter crime. He told the City Council at a budget hearing that the cameras are part of a Real Time Intelligence Center designed to quickly analyze crime patterns so officers and detectives can react faster and with more knowledge about the situation. Chief Fletcher ... (click for more)

Robbery Arrest Made After Victim Gets New Replacement Phone And Pics Of Robbers Are Uploaded To New Phone

A robbery arrest was made after the victim got a new phone and then had pictures from her stolen phone uploaded to the new phone to her Cloud account. Among the pictures uploaded were photos of the robbers. The female victim identified Seth Benjamin Hardnett, 18, of 1703 E. 14th St., as one of the robbers from the incident on April 12. Hardnett was charged with aggravated ... (click for more)

Crosby Huckabay At Heart Of Baylor Softball Success

The Baylor Lady Red Raiders have had incredible success on the softball field in recent years. Baylor is the defending D-II Class AA state champion and has won state titles in four of the past five seasons. There are three seniors on this year's team that has compiled an outstanding record of 34-4, including shortstop Mari Gardner, pitcher Kayla Hughes and first baseman Crosby ... (click for more)

Spring Fling XXIII Notebook: Rare Feat For Athletes and Coaches

Few former athletes who are current high school coaches have the distinction of participating in Spring Fling (1994 to present) as a player and coach and have a state championship included in their resume. The Chattanooga area has at least three – Tara Garner (Boyd Buchanan tennis), Dustin Kane (Baylor tennis) and Kelli Howard Smith (Baylor softball) – who meet the above mentioned ... (click for more)