Pride and Prejudice in Education

Leadership in Education


Edward Deming

From pre-school to higher education we have been both officially and unofficially held to expected outcomes by our communities who uphold the value of education. Throughout the ages of school improvement it has always been an inherent mission for schools is to educate students to be better than they were. When asking this question of being better than they were or can we truthfully measure our outcomes to measure our school attenders and employees that they are succeeding to achieve at their true potential. When we walk the halls and view classrooms or sit in on an online course what is the measure that the teacher is reaching their full potential or are the students being an realizing an opportunity to move closer to their potential? Schools have often accepted redundant teaching methods over the years and produced lesson plans that have been the same way for many years. When our student audience has changed over the years our teaching approaches now needed to adapt to the learning styles and values of our society.

It is a proven fact that giving grades for our students is without a doubt is a very subjective measure to predict and show competencies accomplished. Very little is measured from a skills perspective for skill in a competency at the conclusion of any term. We can extend this weakness to how we give opportunities for the educators to improve their potential by improving instruction. The measures of instruction fit into the same class as our student measures which is very subjective. As we look at these glaring facts our schools at all levels of for-profit, non-profit, private and sectarian are influenced by government regulations focusing on these old outdated forms of measurement. Our states are using standardized testing for measuring the success of their resident students. When we should be looking for improvement, we are looking at a standards established for only those that could meet the artificial targets. Improvement starts with a baseline and a build from there.

I am sure many of you remember the movie “Money Ball” with Brad Pitt as the general manager of a professional baseball team. This was a story of an actual team who relied on results to improve the team outcomes with success. The data were pointed at the key targets to make baseline improvement of the team. Measurement dictates a process for improving outcomes. The baseball team proceeded to an ultimate outcome of success. If we can use the premise of process by using data we too can have success in our schools.

Schools and colleges making these adjustments will offer to all their stakeholders visible growth by allowing for participants to move to higher potentials. By making these process changes outcomes are not subjective but measuring validated targets after the improvement of learning.

If you have any interest in making this change I have the process used now for eight years that makes the data work for you. Process is key to success in any organization. Process was the key to improving industry by a famous industrial consultant who rebuilt Japan after World War II. Dr. Edward Deming.

Process Steps

Surprisingly Schools have not did much to capitalize on this process. Research coming forth now may change this practice in our academic centers.


Edward Deming

Change for the future

It is certain that by establishing the correct target by using data and analytics with schools in any environment or culture can improve. GRCARLSON INC. are here to help you make the transition.


Process in action with coaching for faculty, teacher and instructor improvement.






Crisis Ahead

During the past two weeks we have seen some panic at grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, transportation, law enforcement, retail, jobs, and services to our less unfortunate from nonprofit organizations. We could go on and mention even more crisis in our homes and not knowing what the future may hold.

Sounds pretty grim doesn’t it. As we take A look at these conditions our health providers are continuing to step up to serve and are putting their lives on the line. Depending on where you may live the pressures of a pandemic may be different. The uncertainty still exists at every corner of this earth.

Our second warriors are the teachers across the country. We hear about it everyday on how teachers are stepping up to the plate to be sure their students are still in the loop of education and they are safe. During the past few days I have been speaking to parents, students, and teachers and have found their optimism and sense of dedication is unmatched When we consider the normal activities that have been there for us now are temporarily cancelled or completely terminated. NOT our schools, over night they have made adaptations to continue the opportunities offered by teachers. Home schooling has now become a partnership with the teacher and home. Think about it! No classes cancelled, learning going on, personalization of education, teacher, parent, and student communication daily. I suspect our methods of delivery of education will be changed forever. This change has touched all levels of pre-school, primary, intermediate, secondary and higher education. OUR TEACHERS DIDN’T CLOSE THEIR DOORS!




Update From Gallup on Covid-19


Each day we get up to news that produces anxiety and uncertainty. Our situation presents challenges for us but not without hope. We must ask ourselves how hard is it to get an entire nation to follow what is good for the common good of all citizens. This virus isn’t just about us but it is how we take care of each other. Social distancing and allowing the researchers to find the answers depends on your leadership. Be patient,  our prayers for all of you, friends and family that you remain safe. Our safety rests upon you and I.


During my many contacts across the country I get the opportunity to review curriculum, materials and new innovative teaching methodology. I am always encouraged by the innovation and constant research and development evidenced in America. I have no financial interest in ownership in any of the products I will review. When I complete a review I will share with you my impression of the opportunities it will provide for you.  Starting on April 1, 2020 I will have my first review for you. If any vendor or provider would like a 3rd party to review their contribution to the education community I will be happy to consider the review request.

I will publish all my reviews through “Pride and Prejudice in Education”. My reviews will come from both you and other providers looking at their submissions.

My first review comes at a time when many of our students are looking for jobs and looking for ways to upgrade their skills. I have been looking at UDACITY with feee 30 days and nano degrees. They offer online degrees in seven program areas. There free access for 30 days will give you a chance to explore an may be upgrade your employability skills from home.

My second provider has come up with programs that are short course programs that are for filling jobs in high demand skill areas. Very appropriately they are called NextStep. I have included the infographics for you:

Please click on the individual programs for information.

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What was attractive for these programs were the accessibility through online and cost factors for students and schools to implement. They were very user friendly. The publisher Quantum Educational Services has worked out a unique revenue program for schools to collect a percentage of the income and a small percentage is returned to Quantum and will support implementation and train school professionals. In the coming months and year programs delivered in this method will be in demand. 

As professionals we don’t know how our employees will be affected both emotionally and psychologically with the current events taking place in not only America but in the world. There is a program that has been in existence for forty years and still strives to improve individuals from all walks of professions and backgrounds. I have observed this program over the years not only from the outside but also on the inside. I was a student of the Pacific Institute,educational initiative forty-years ago which certainly changed my life. Over the years I have witnessed leaders arise out of this program to become successful entrepreneurs, managers and employees. If you may be looking for a lasting positive program for you and your employees this might be the time to look into the Pacific Institute Educational Initiative. 

Pacific Institute


Schools in America have seen crisis and surprises throughout history. This crisis seems to be much different in that it has direct affects on all aspects of our life. In any direction we look we are in someway touched by the outcomes of Covid-19 in our present and future life. Much is being considered due to the crisis with the length of school years and the delivery systems used. In the last week their has been an abrupt interest at all levels of education with remote learning. Remote education is not new we started with  correspondence courses in Europe in the 1800’s. Today we have alternatives but the most attractive now is online. During the past twenty years schools have been given the options of online delivery from different platforms to produce courses online. The early methods were simply email transfers between students and teachers From this method we learned there was a lot more to be accomplished.

Day after day our students at all ages have been sent home with no real calendar day they will return to their school. Leadership in many of the schools have turned to online education to continue the road map to grade level succession. It is no secret we have been operating across the country and locally with delivery and methods which have not changed over many years of graduations. During the last few weeks an expectation and duty was to quickly reboot our systems to a remote online delivery methodology.   Schools quickly began looking at the online advantage to continue education for students. The educational systems would now need to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses for their teachers and students. After talking with elementary teachers, secondary teachers and higher education communicated separate issues and strengths. Online delivery has been an alternative to learning for higher education for those who needed the flexibility to attain skills for graduation with flexibility. Now, this flexibility for the masses has nothing to do with the decision to move to remote learning achievements. While considering at home education provided by  public or private elementary or secondary schools will require more day to day parent or guardian involvement. Higher education will have to consider education of all facets of the learning process with how hands on requirements, theoretical and group work can be accomplished. Using current materials from campus base to online may not transition well. Just by looking at the stages of education that could be accomplished at home includes pre-school, primary school, intermediate school, middle school, high school, trade school, junior college, college, and graduate college. This by no means is a small task.

Curriculum, materials and methodology are all components equally important to our students to achieve in a remote setting. This challenge will not be met in a short time. This should not come to no surprise to us who have revered the need for great education for our students at all ages. Moving education requirements and attendance to offsite may meet the action of being present but may not meet the auspices of opportunities and achievement required by a U.S. Department of Education or an accreditation organization. This presents the opportunity to strengthen what is needed, capture 21st century possibilities, and diminish what does not fit.  After many years of observing, managing and teaching online we can’t expect how we did things in the campus classroom will work seamlessly over to online education.

It was not predictive to see how our education model would be abruptly changed due too accessibility. There is so much we will learn in the year 2020 about how to deliver learning opportunities to our citizens in the future.

My advice to all schools and colleges is to be cognizant of what a remote learning system is capable of providing. Be sure you don’t give up anything that existed in the campus face to face method. Today’s technology allows for small groups, large groups, individual participation, simulations, projects, chat lines, group chats, recording, video, PowerPoint, surveying, polling, reading software, syncing with social media, sharing, research, question and answer sessions, analytics and schedules for teacher led theory and practical labs.

Leadership in our schools and states need to review and take steps to formulate partnerships to produce outcomes that will encourage and sustain success like the past and set the goal to improve it. This reality of implementing remote actions will cross all lines from schools to business, to government and our day to day lives. Our adaption course in life will change us forever. Life will not return to what we saw as normal. There will be a new normal. Our future generations will inherit how well we do with this challenge. Americans have been in front of nation crisis before. Experts are on the job in all arenas of life. Education is and has always been an important ingredient of our free world.

I pray for all of you during this time of crisis. It is not business as usual but has become very personal. Your leadership makes a difference. We will win this war!



At my earliest memories I remembered that first house with my mother and father. The home was secure and with a family with lots of love. It seems at these moments for a young boy from age one to eight this was my castle. My needs in life were taken care of by love, hope, happiness and encouragement. This leads to a possible definition of true happiness and why some people may not find happiness. Ignorance is bliss is the lack of knowledge of what truly is happiness. So, ignorance has no happiness in its boundaries.

I am part of a group of men who do extensive volunteering with both young and adult men. We are present in organizations such as “Open Door Missions”, Jails, alternative high schools, and with men seeking a conclusion of peace within themselves. Today while working with young men fourteen to eighteen who gather with mentors to discuss nothing more than the wisdom of life. Topics today were freedom, choice, and peace. Reflecting on my first statements on love, hope, happiness and encouragement these young men were lacking in some or all these experiences. It is unnatural to continue to overlook the value of building our society around a foundation of crumbling families when fathers, mothers and children cannot be at peace. The existence of the lack of hope, love, and encouragement leads the way to dysfunctional inequitable opportunities. Neighborhoods should be the nucleus of encouragement and not strife and survival. One of our young men explained how they had visited a house next door that had rats running through the house. It was no surprise that his mother had instructed her son not to visit this house anymore. My question to this young man was, “Do you think your mother is at peace living in your neighborhood”, I think you can answer this.

Over fifty years by working with neighborhoods, young people and adults gives me the notion that we are doing something wrong. We continue to grow our welfare numbers, increase number of jails, increasing homeless numbers, more children with absentee fathers, mental health issues on the rise, senior citizen poverty, reductions in our schools with financial support for improving performance by professional development activity, and the list goes on by supporting more of the same. The answer is not in throwing more money at the systems that are not working. Remember ignorance has no answer for happiness. There are no trade offs or negotiable strategic bargaining for our children’s future. The passivity to continue to co-exist with these virtues of life are unacceptable. Our world should not be categorized by reward and punishment but be constructed with intrinsic actions to develop a world with what it could be.

These sessions with these young men in class today mirrors much of what our society might be approaching or is already there. Today’s ills in society may be met with passivity if you don’t think they affect you. Or if living in an environment of ills you may learn to accept them and becomes a day to day survival for you and your family.

What are the realities for each family unit, and do they have any of these important components?


  • Leisure
  • Workplace satisfaction
  • Fatherhood
  • Motherhood
  • Authentic Manhood
  • Equality
  • Health practices
  • Wife Skills
  • Father Skills
  • Healthy friendships
  • Physical activity
  • Spiritual Practices

Twentieth Century focused on the hard skills of reading, writing, math and science. Twenty-first Century has a few additional soft-skill necessities to find happiness in life. While in the latter years of the twentieth century many of these skills were discouraged, even though they are necessary for opportunity growth. Going forth in today’s world our youth and young adults will need the opportunity too:


  • Be creative
  • Better social skills
  • Encouraged to be curious
  • Develop their critical thinking
  • Adaptable to all communication skills
  • Be willing to collaborate
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership
  • Opportunity to build self-esteem surrounding their potential

Many of us from the old school may be somewhat uncomfortable with such skills because of the broadness of possible need for change. It is time to not let another century go by us without correcting these issues. The remedies are for humanity is not how much money we spend for the cure but how we meet the needs for opportunity, neighborhoods, family development, healthy values, meeting life goals, collaboration, hope, love and encouragement.

A nonprofit organization “Men of Bethany in America”, have been providing support and guidance to achieve these very aspects of life. During the four years of existence they have changed lives. I would encourage you to look at the website: The demand for their services continue to grow. The members are men from all types of professions with one thing in common. That commonality comes with the mission you can read on the website. Their curriculum, content, and methods have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve.


Where will this all end up?

When I retired from the ITT Technical Institute I was acquainted with some great teachers, leaders and schools. ITT had built a reputation of being one of the leading Associate Degree providers for students aspiring to a better life by obtaining entry level jobs. The mission of the ITT colleges were to offer programs that were in high demand and would create added value for the student graduate. This philosophy was instituted in 1946 when Sam’s Publishing Company started the schools for primarily returning service people from World War II.  This generation took advantage of the opportunity in career education and after graduation became the fathers and mothers of the generation known as the baby boomers. In the 1960’s, the baby boomers now were looking to a new economy and the necessity to acquire a higher level of new skills in the fast changing technology world.  This was a time where ITT Technical Institute acquired the schools with the intention of serving more students across the United States. History will show how the blueprint for theses schools were especially outlined to serve communities by collaborating with employers in the communities they served. Many of the post secondary schools in higher education focused on liberal arts and professional white collar professions but the ITT Institute stayed true to entry level jobs requiring specific skills. Many people associated these them as trade schools and later career schools.  For seventy-years America experienced many thousands of graduates who were employed in their own communities. Often the teachers came from the ranks of industry, armed services people and community educators. ITT students enjoyed the experience these people brought to the table.  It was my fortune after being employed for twenty years in the public education sector I was encouraged to join dedicated educators who had were committed to teaching.

It wasn’t hard to have respect for these schools and the teachers who worked everyday to prepare their students for the world of work. Knowing these instances of admirable intentions it is almost inconceivable to understand how these schools seventy years later are bankrupt. 2016, was one of the most depressing days I could imagine to know how many of these school employees and students who had aspired to a better life now were looking at locked doors. It is not my intention to spend time in this article on discussing student tuition, student loans, default rates or personnel. It is our intentions in America with schools to present higher opportunities for the students. Job placement was considered an outcome for graduates as a means to success.

 The past ten years, has given me the opportunity to continue to follow/up with the changing times of America. Education with each year grows farther away from the common good rested in each school in America from best practices. Clearly, decisions for the common good of students were a collaborative effort with accreditation organizations, educators, communities, employers, and family traditions. Decision change was clear and made sense. Using a consortium of people worked well together for the improvement of education. Accreditation, leadership, research, and experimental activity was encouraged to raise the bar of performance. A known practice during this time was the ability for professionals to share knowledge for the opportunity to listen and be positive about all the critical thinking. Collaboration seems to be a thing of the past and ha lost ground in our future. Today, we are in a attitude for education of win, lose, my way and whose side are you representing.

Education never was intended to be from a leadership of partisan efforts. The partisan role has been prevalent and growing to greater levels from the 1990’s until present. Controlling and implementing education practices with partisan biases and prejudices have numerous drawbacks. During the past thirty-years my perceptions of what has been the effects of our new leadership philosophy has affected education operations:

  • lack of freedom of choice
  • Inequities of regulations for schools under federal aid 
  • Lack of focus on collaborative efforts between schools now dependent on who politically is in charge
  • Lack of trust in the educational process
  • It is not Integrity but what is important is who is power
  • Lack of equity of funding based on prejudicial law makers where the majority come from ivy league schools
  • Partisan creations coming from unwillingness to listen to all parties. 
  • Survival plans over improvement plans becoming the norm
  • Lack of understanding of what makes education special
  • Outcomes of growth measured rather than artificial standards
  • Strings attached to funding with interpreters being politicians

Partisanship combining politics and education does not work!

When performance really matters by looking at growth outcomes education goals will be met. Education was originally a state responsibility but we have become globally competitive. The entire education system needs re-engineered. There are a multiple opportunities for our learning community with ample delivery teaching methods to meet the needs. It is time to encourage research, experimentation, implementation, review to practice. Our first step is to stop partisan influence and open the doors to collaboration. 


The clock is ticking and now it is 2020. Humanity no matter what country or part of the world they have lived in has been influenced by teaching. When we look at our informal and formal teaching practices we can see much has changed. Viewing the current existing educational models there are many who hold on tightly to the traditional programs and methods hoping to see a revival of their value. In the past 10 years we have seen the critics begin to question the viability of the current school outcomes or what outcomes should we be measuring? As I do research on schools decreasing in enrollments, having financial crisis, poor graduation rates, high student dropout rates and tuition cost exceeding the ability for graduates to pay off their student loans puts schools on a pathway of failure to continue operating their current programs. Reflecting on how centuries have passed and teaching with learning will continue. Society is dependent on a organized civilization through appropriate education. The level of societal existence depends on how well we understand the needs and providing the solutions to our communities. By looking at history we can see how education adapted to the current needs dictated by families, industry and economy. Our pendulum of service through education has varied from simple training to advanced programs requiring higher degrees of learning. Today, we face similar challenges. Our problem seems to be the clarity of what is needed to be provided by our schools reverting back to how schools adapt to the needs of today. Your duty as a school is to complete an imperative study to command the best possible programs and outcomes in your school. Our job in 2020 is to focus on a value proposition and not to hold on to the past. If we forecast that success will increase in the future, we must  plan now for  future needs, and hopefully we have future growth.

This makes perfect sense. The only problem is that it doesn’t work! It never has worked. But why? For starters, like predicting the weather (which I have also noticed must not be that easy to do), predicting performance requires predicting the outcomes of dozens of variables. To make matters worse, the importance of each variable also changes, depending on circumstances, that are also changing constantly.

So, what do we do? The two key words that answer this question are, “discipline & process”?First, you simply cannot allow yourself to produce a strategy that relies solely on your traditional practice of measurement. This is not to imply that analysis, intelligence and forecasting are of no value. However, you must rely on other factors when deciding on a course of action. GRCARLSON INC. has developed a “decision matrix” that helps drive an effective, disciplined decision; one that will focus, first & foremost on protecting your student success margins and profitability.

Second, you must have a process in place to actively manage your expense costs.School operations cannot be managed passively. Managing school operations risk is much like fire prevention! If you wait until your building is fully engulfed in flames to consider putting in that smoke alarm and buying some extinguishers, its already too late and all that is left is dealing with the very-expensive damage that has already occurred. GRCARLSON INC. performance program is a proven, effective process for managing your risk. As a school leader you can receive more information by scheduling an online presentation of how you can improve the performance in your school.

Steps you need to consider:

  • Expert Analysis based upon current success and potential improvement
  • Teacher training online and on campus
  • institute student and faculty mentor program
  • Improved student customer service
  • Improve Student Satisfaction Survey
  •  Faculty performance outcomes with student success, attendance, and retention as realistic goals
  • Use technology for in-service training
  • Compliance preparation
  • Curriculum Improvement
  • Instructional Design
  • Classroom organization
  • Teaching Special Needs Students
  • Understanding Learning Styles
  • Implemented improved student advising program
  • Appropriate manuals for schools
  •  Conference calls for progress reports and coaching
  • Analyze student and faculty data
  • Design a user-friendly reporting system for faculty and administration

GRCARLSON INC. can help to improve school outcomes. Our measures of success in the future are strongly leading to outcome measurements.

Contact: Gary R.Carlson Ed.D. at:            


Text: 317-258-3401 (Gary R Carlson)

In my lifetime I have been very compassionate about education and its value to our youth and adults. So much has been written about the benefits and the statistics to bear this out. My dedication has not varied on this premiss during my fifty years of continued engagement in the philosophy of the necessity of our society to be well educated.

After leaving ITT  my path continued to serve colleges through consulting schools on improving student retention, faculty performance, compliance, college board assistance, student success, school administration and curriculum development. During the last nine years I have had the privilege to serve over two hundred colleges. Three years ago my life gave me a new additional mission in life. It was parallel to my education efforts of the past but it was a clear direction focused on families and youth. During these years a small group of men began to assemble a new curriculum for young men and adult men who had experienced an absentee father. My first teaching experience in 1967 was in a county jail for young men age 13 to 18. These young men were mingled with youth who had committed crimes to others who had been at the hand of abuse. I often worked until 11 pm at night. My drive home couldn’t come to grips with why these young people didn’t seems to have a chance in society. Looking at what existed fifty-two years ago has only gotten worse. Our solutions to these problems by increasing the size of prisons and supplementing finances to the afflicted. We are still looking at increasing prison sizes and our welfare dollars are increasing.

I am pleased to tell you there is an answer. Again, it is a reflection on education. The cycle of increased crime, addiction, alcoholism, abuse and poverty can be broken. The cycle is our willingness to engage in the cognizance of the people closest to the ones who experience this blight of life.

In the last three years a small group of men began to dedicate themselves to break the cycle. Their journey took them to open door missions, jails, alternative high schools, churches and neighborhoods to address dysfunctional families and absentee fathers. Their hard work and dedication has opened an opportunity to change our path of a cycle that has existed for half a century.  Two hundred men a week from all ages come to weekly meetings to understand what a good father, husband, and authentic man would mean. Absentee father syndrome exists in America. The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are 19.7 million youth without a present father. What does this mean for the American society?

Our three years of service has changed the lives of many of our men. I would encourage you to visit the website of Breaking the cycle!

After clicking on the tab with testimonials help us grow this program nation wide. We are putting absentee fathers into a better understanding of what a good father and husband means to the family unit.

Go to the Donations button on the site and become part of breaking the cycle.

Every donation of any amount will help us continue to spread the news through our volunteer mentors.



1. 23.6% of US children (17.4 million) lived in father absent homes in 2014.

[US Census Bureau, 2015] Living arrangements of children under 18 years and marital status of parents, by age, sex, race, and hispanic origin and selected characteristics of the child for all children: 2014. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau.

2. In 2011, children living in female-headed homes with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6%. This is over four times the rate for children living in married couple families.

[Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2012). Information on poverty and income statistics: A summary of 2012 current population survey data. Retrieved from:

3. A study of 1,397,801 infants in Florida evaluated how a lack of father involvement impacts infant mortality. A lack of father involvement was linked to earlier births as well as lower birth weights. Researchers also found that father absence increases the risk of infant mortality, and that the mortality rate for infants within the first 28 days of life is four times higher for those with absent fathers than those with involved fathers. Paternal absence is also found to increase black/white infant mortality almost four-fold.

[Source: Alio, A. P., Mbah, A. K., Kornosky, J. L., Wathington, D., Marty, P. J., & Salihu, H. M. (2011). Assessing the impact of paternal involvement on Racial/Ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates. Journal of Community Health, 36(1), 63-68.]

4. A study of 263 13- to 18-year-old adolescent women seeking psychological services found that the adolescents from father-absent homes were 3.5 times more likely to experience pregnancy than were adolescents from father-present homes. Moreover, the rate of pregnancy among adolescents from father absent homes was 17.4% compared to a four (4) percent rate in the general adolescent population.

[Source: Lang, D. L., Rieckmann, T., DiClemente, R. J., Crosby, R. A., Brown, L. K., & Donenberg, G. R. (2013). Multi-level factors associated with pregnancy among urban adolescent women seeking psychological services. Journal of Urban Health, 90, 212-223.]

5. A study of 1,618 Latina high school students found that lower perceived father support is a predictor of suicidal ideation and behavior.

[Source: De Luca, S. M., Wyman, P., & Warren, K. (2012). Latina adolescent suicide ideations and attempts: Associations with connectedness to parents, peers, and teachers. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavior, 42, 672-683.]

6. Disengaged and remote interactions of fathers with infants is a predictor of early behavior problems in children and can lead to externalizing behaviors in children as early as age 1.

[Source: Ramchandani, P. G., Domoney, J., Sethna, V., Psychogiou, L., Vlachos, H. and Murray, L. (2013). Do early father–infant interactions predict the onset of externalising behaviours in young children? Findings from a longitudinal cohort study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 56–64.]

7. Researchers using secondary data from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research examined gun carrying and drug trafficking in young men, linking father absence to the likelihood of engaging in these behaviors. Results from a sample of 835 juvenile male inmates found that father absence was the only disadvantage on the individual level with significant effects on gun carrying, drug trafficking, and co-occurring behavior. Individuals from father absent homes were found to be 279% more likely to carry guns and deal drugs than peers living with their fathers.

[Source: Allen, A. N., & Lo, C. C. (2012). Drugs, guns, and disadvantaged youths: Co-occurring behavior and the code of the street. Crime & Delinquency, 58(6), 932-953.]

8. A study of the relationship between father absence and lower educational attainment for African American females found that a longer duration of father absence is a predictive factor for lower educational success. Researchers discovered that longer duration of father absence often leads to lower income and family economic stress, which puts young women at risk for lower educational achievement.

[Source: Gillette, M. T., & Gudmunson, C. G. (2014). Processes linking father absence to educational attainment among african american females. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24(2), 309-321.]

9. Children with negative attitudes about school and their teachers experienced avoidance and ambivalence with their fathers. On the other hand, children with a secure attachment to their father and whose father was involved had a higher academic self-concept. The father-child attachment was more associated with the child’s social-emotional school outcomes than their academic achievement.

[Source: Newland, L., Chen, H., & Coyl-Shepherd, D. (2013). Associations among father beliefs, perceptions, life context, involvement, child attachment and school outcomes in the U.S. and Taiwan. Fathering, 11, 3-30.]

10. Father involvement is related to positive cognitive, developmental, and socio-behavioral child outcomes, such as improved weight gain in preterm infants, improved breastfeeding rates, higher receptive language skills, and higher academic achievement.

[Source: Garfield, C. F., & Isacco, A. (2006). Fathers and the well-child visit, Pediatrics, 117, 637-645.]

11. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of children with an incarcerated father grew 79% between 1991 and 2007. Black fathers accounted for nearly half (46%) of all children with an incarcerated father.

[Source: Glaze, L.E., & Maruschak, L.M. (2010). Parents in prison and their minor children. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics.]

12. Fifty-five (55.2) percent of WIC recipients are raised by single-mothers, 48.2% of all Head Start recipients are from father-absent homes, and 37% of public assistance and Section 8 housing are female-headed households.

[Source: Nock, S.L, Einolf, C.J. (2008). The one hundred billion dollar man: the annual public costs of father absence. Germantown, MD: National Fatherhood Initiative.]

A Step in the right direction!

By: Dr. Gary R. Carlson

Make it happen!

Historically schools and colleges have moved on with a scale of very little change. Society changes, economy changes, politics change, and now we have experienced technology change. Looking at anyone of these attributes we can see these changes are so great they don’t even appear to be the same company they were years ago. When something works well then why do we change? When looking at American companies from when they started how do they look today. Below is a list of companies who have a long history of existence. What has been their secret or grand plan to remain viable and healthy.

  1. IBM 1911, scales and punch card machines and later large mainframes (today: business intelligence, software, hardware)
  2. Xerox 1906, photographic paper (today toner, ink, software, printers, copy machines)
  3. Nokia 1865, paper mills, rubber works and cables (today phones and games)
  4. Monsanto 1901, Saccharin (today roundup, genetically engineered seed)
  5. GE 1892, Light bulb (today gas engines, hybrid locomotives, HD CT scanners, sound devices, chemical sensors)
  6. Fortune Brands 1969, who were previously known as American Brands, Tobacco (today hardware, home furnishings, golf clubs, cabinets)
  7. Du Pont 1802, Gun powder (today adhesives, insecticides, fire extinguishers, weatherization systems)
  8. Corning 1851, glass, (today optical fiber, cell phone covers, telescopic mirrors, television screens)
  9. Apple 1976, personal computer kit, (today iPad, iPod, online music, iPhone)
  10. 3M 1902, Sandpaper (today scotch tape, duct tape, post it notes, cleaning products)

Why would we look to these companies when talking about schools and colleges? Success stories like these are the blueprint to remaining a vibrant and purposeful organization to the society they serve. Their side track they took in the services had to remain relevant. Leadership even when distracted by negative influences are still on track with doing what they do best.

There are lessons to be learned from the leadership of these companies. As anyone can see they ventured into new territory and became successful by not allowing any negative influences forget what they did best. Each re-engineered company never allowed one source of income to be the life line of their mission. Career schools before selling their heart and soul to government control were successful in providing the graduates with certificates, diplomas and later associate degrees to an ever growing need for early entry employees with skills. Some of these schools boasted how companies had hired entire program graduates from their schools. The career school environment was healthy and respected. As each year went by and schools became more dependent on government funding the destiny of any school was being subjected to rules and regulations with rule makers in Washington D.C. The prospect that states determined the fate of their schools was quickly vanishing. The legacy of government today has built a brazen path that has placed schools into being a political football. Placing students, teachers and parents into the vicious contemptuous rhetoric of supporting schools by tearing them down. It is easy to be a critic when the only solution is to eliminate the education body you are so vehemently against. American history has shown the ills of taking anything we don’t like, trust or targeted by annihilation results in later remorse.

Our societal survivors never lost faith in what they believed were principles of high integrity of what they were and symbolized. This is why I contend our school leadership should look at what brought them to the added value they once were so proud in providing. While escaping to fear we should turn this around into pride and show the communities we serve that we can still stand tall. Our schools existed on building faith from their communities served by providing the needs of their community in education of common sense. Being part of the education movement and changes for fifty years has provided me with the highs and lows of our commitment as educators. The 21st Century has started with some amazing technology and workforce improvements. Society has had the opportunity to share in the new inspirations of service to our communities. While looking at the new implementations of our business communities our schools and colleges are hampered by federal regulations of monetary strings which inhibits philanthropy, creativeness, leadership, research and destruction of the autonomy of schools. Our schools are being influenced by politicians and not true statesman who represent construction not destruction.

Education leaders must return to the concepts of building programs of study that make sense for the consuming public. Research in each community needs to be completed to support the needs of that community with education opportunities to support the local goals and needs.

Current Issues:

Tuition cost are unaffordable by the middle class families. By accruing large debt these students will live in a life time of paying off debt. Does the U.S. Government benefit from student loans? I will let you be the judge of this by reading this article:

Regulations and Federal over-site: States across the country are in trouble with their education programs and schools. State control becomes diminished by the heavy financial hand that sits on state government for education.

Accreditation: A system that seemed to work well has been put on the pottery wheel to shape it into directions it was never intended to be. Because of the governments interest in their financial loans has placed accreditation into the banking business over creative and meaningful education programs. Funding is the key to staying open for our schools.

Performance: Our schools must begin to assess the performance and actual growth of student progress. Standardized test does not provide us with the true measure of what our teachers are accomplishing. Students come off the bench with a baseline of knowledge. Each student potential and growth are how to measure how our teachers are doing in their classrooms. Cohorts never give a clear picture.

Addressing Economy Needs: American education has had a history of providing a freedom of choice for communities, students and our economy. The strength of our community and country is to provide opportunities where we have no gaps in our provision of education to fill needs. There is a flow chart of opportunity where our citizens can pick from their interest, intelligence and aptitudes. By eliminating the opportunities in our schools we are placing schools, community and industry into a difficult situation. Some politicians have used these as platforms of destruction.

Summary: In closing our schools should be given the opportunity to lead the charge to satisfy the needs of their community and mission. The smorgasbord of lifelong learning can come from all the institutions that have existed throughout history. The American citizen has the right to choose from the opportunities. Government cannot continue to insult the intelligence of the U.S. population by not allowing them to make the choices. Disclosure of what is illegal or unlawful is necessary but to be destructive to entire organizations because of philosophy is a dangerous road to follow. From anyone of the niches of education opportunity they all have their success stories. Let’s keep opportunity abundant.

Note for Career Schools: Lower tuition, short term programs, performance measurement, fill the gaps for the trades, address community needs, flexibility of scheduling, employer to school partnerships, strategic plan to independence and better student services.

It is the time for education to fix itself with leadership and knowledge.

I have become intrigued by a school in Detroit, Michigan. The “Motion Picture Institute,” is probably the best-hidden secret in the midwest. They have been producing talent for the film industry for years and are now emerging to even higher levels of achievement in the film industry. Recently their CEO Douglas Schulze published an article in their blog. It allows us to see how far we have come and where we need to go.


Attention gets retention! What are the key factors that have driven the college scene to a completely different portrait from the past? I have included a link to one states take on the situation. This may be more common to other states than just like North Carolina. What are the effective steps colleges are implementing and considering to improve their completion outcomes with high success?

North Carolina challenged:

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