Education

Essays found in this category pertain to local, state and national education issues.

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

September 11, 2016 An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee… A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. – Clive James (1939-) An Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist In 2013, I had the audacity, some might say, to nominate myself to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame.  It’s one of two halls of fame that I have an interest in being nominated into.  The other being where I graduated from college, Auburn University.  Rather than sit around and wait for someone to recognize my many achievements and nominate me, I took the initiative to do it myself.  To my surprise, the application asked questions that I thought were...

read more

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum. FOR RELEASE August 14, 2016 Media Contact: Ted Burnett, ted@tedburnett.com The Live Oak Forum announces its line up for The Fall Breakfast at The Live Oak Forum on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Historic Holiday Inn, in downtown Mobile, AL.  The doors open at 8 am and breakfast is served.  The program begins at 8:30 am.  Nall will tell his story, as well as,  speak on the impact of creativity on communities.  He will be joined by David Clark, General Manager of The Beach Club, who will speak on “Earning the Right to Lead through Servant Leadership.”. David Clark has worked for Spectrum Resorts for the last 3.5 years. Spectrum Resorts is owned by Spectrum Capital with the...

read more

Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

Video: The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)…(click on video) Our first speaker is Aaron Beam. Aaron was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. He was a co-founder and first CFO of HealthSouth Corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. Aaron is married to his wife, Phyllis, of 45 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and he later got an associate’s degree in Turf Management in Faulkner State Junior College, all of which he will soon explain. Our second speaker is Eric Nager. He grew up on the Eastern Shore where he attended Fairhope High School. Eric works as an Investment Advisor Representative with his brother, Terry, at Southern Capital Services and Chess Coach at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL. He is married to his...

read more

Do #BlackLivesMatter?

Do #BlackLivesMatter?

November 12, 2015 Do #BlackLivesMatter? By Ted Burnett I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence. – Malcolm X (1925-1965 (assassinated)) As a political writer, many people upon meeting me for the first time assume that I do a lot of writing given all the newsworthy material coming out of Washington, across the country and around the world. In reality, I write very little while taking a long view towards the subject matter that I do cover. Since the shooting of the nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, I’ve taken a heightened interest in this incident given the fact that I’ve visited this charming city numerous times and that I got married on one of its barrier...

read more

From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

August 10, 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you for applying to the Emerging Leaders program at Harvard Kennedy School of Education. Your background and experience are exceptional, and we believe that you would make a strong contribution to this year’s program. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, we must place your application, along with a high number of other qualified applicants on a waiting list for the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session. If space becomes available, we will contact you via e-mail immediately in order to give you as much planning time as possible. However, if you do not hear from us by the first day of the program, we, regrettably, were unable to offer you a seat in...

read more

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Dear Mr. Ted Burnett, Thank you for your interest in Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programs. We have received your application to the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session of the Emerging Leaders program. Your application will be carefully reviewed by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions are typically made within three weeks of receiving a completed application. Once a decision is made, the Program Director will be in touch with you. To check on the status of your application, you can log into your HKS Executive Education account at https://hkseeportal.hks.harvard.edu. Please add ee_admissions@hks.harvard.edu to your address book to ensure you receive future email communications and admission updates from us....

read more

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Note: Dr. David G. Bronner is the CEO of the Alabama Retirement System, which manages pensions for, both, state employees and public school teachers. The system’s assets include buildings in New York (Manhattan), Mobile, AL and Montgomery, AL, golf courses and resorts, newspapers, a cable-TV network and stocks. The fund is currently valued at $28 billion.  Minor edits have been made. April 4, 2015 Up in lights — for mental health awareness month? By Ted Burnett Dr. Bronner, May is national mental health awareness month. In the spirit of the colorful artist Vincent Van Gogh and so many others who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia (and continue to suffer), could we light up the RSA’s properties, in downtown Mobile,...

read more

My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

September 15, 2014 If you missed the live broadcast of my radio interview, here’s your chance to listen to the podcast. The interview starts at the beginning of the show and it’s about 50 minutes long.

read more

In the company of geniuses

In the company of geniuses

The following short film (18 minutes +/-) is about famous people with a mental illness and how our schools, our teachers, our textbooks failed to mention the connection between their illness of bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia… and their groundbreaking achievements and breakthroughs to generations of American children that later created a false impression and a stigma for those diagnosed with a mental illness. Rather than appreciate the mentally ill or have empathy for them, to often there’s fear and hate for this misunderstood group. Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “In the company of geniuses” by Ted Burnett All my videos and essays can be viewed on my websites – www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com. I can be...

read more

Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements — my response

(Note: Some minor edits have been made.) August 6, 2013  Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements [at Mobile County Public School System, Alabama] http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=6652&sid=1 At the age of 42, I’ve become a pretty big critic of education, both, private and public, as well as, higher education.  Much of education is artificial in nature — the length of the school year, the selected curriculum, the number of days spent covering the material, the importance placed on certain subjects over gym or the arts.  All the assignments, homework, pop quizzes, papers, tests and exams and when they’re due is totally artificial.  It’s assumed that learning is occurring at...

read more

The case of Ted Burnett vs. Coursera, Inc. — Dear President Naylor

Introduction In my second year of this writing project (2008), I began to enjoy some success after adding faculty from, both, Harvard College and Yale.  What might have seemed like a man’s final steps in reaching the pinnacle of academia and the high watermark for this endeavor became just another stepping stone that would serve as a launching pad for taking my message across the country and around the world.  With their names in my audience, it gave me instant credibility and critical leverage.  I soon was crossing the Atlantic and knocking on the virtual front door at top universities in the U.K. (Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics) and in Europe.  I felt like my voice was unique in America and I didn’t want to limit myself...

read more

Lagniappe: A letter to the editor on bullying in school

November 29, 2012 A letter to the editor: I’ve been on both sides of this equation.  I’ve been a victim, a bully and again a victim.  My first “bully” wasn’t a fellow student, but the nameless, faceless, religious and bureaucratic system known as Catholic education with its sheep for teachers that deemed themselves as being experts in education when they were anything, but.  My intelligence and that of my classmates was assaulted, daily and for years.  Most don’t know it.  According to their tests, based on their metrics, their artificial deadlines and from my low scores, I was considered “dumb”.  I endured three years of summer schools, beginning in the third grade, to pass courses that I...

read more

Drop Out!

September 9, 2007 Drop Out! By Ted Burnett My essay is in response to: “Dropping out too young” by David Nichols, Ed. D., his email address is DrChief1@aol.com. Dr. Nichols’ Op-ed appeared in the Sunday, September 9, 2007, edition of the Mobile Press-Register. His commentary can be read in its entirety by clicking on the following link: http://www.al.com/opinion/press-register/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1189330508234080.xml&coll=3 This morning, I read with great interest Dr. David Nichols’ commentary on the problem of high school students dropping out early and his proposed solution to raise the required attendance age. The focus of this educator’s piece was on pointing out the problem child in his mind — the dropouts. Never once did he acknowledge the...

read more