Your Sunday Bread: Confess Yourself

Well if we aren’t praying for 10250291_1008906822455281_7430879734502497823_nthe others healing then why do we pray? My grandmother, use to say “If I don’t know what a person needs then I just say they are standing in the need of prayer”.

This is a great revelation today, because what are we praying for if they have not confessed that? The confession should be to me, you, us what their wrong is, and what did you do to bring yourself to this place? I in turn share my wrongs with the heart of bringing us both to healing through prayer to the Most High Yah.

Why are we so closed mouth about it? Ladies and Gentlemen, Lies do not get us to this point; and neither does omission–nothing but the truth can heal.

Today: Are you ready for truth and healing? Then confess yourself.

For your hearing:

James 5:16

Performance Evaluation and Standardized Testing

Test-Clip-art-640x330The ideal of performance budgeting carries with it some noticeable flaws.

For example, a budget of this type can be seen in the educational venue and the public schools where there is concern with standardized testing, and is a form of control in certain programs offered to  districts by the federal government. In essence, this type performance standard can be useful in other programs but not school, because it puts some students at a disadvantage even more , and today, instead of actually teaching subjects students are subjugated to perform for tests, untaught testing for some and most fail.

Meredith Broussard (2014) wrote:
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them. (Broussard, 2014).So if the answers for the text are in the books and a particular the district cannot afford the book then why are children taking a text on something they have no way of learning?
It is fair to say that public means federal government so that the propensity for the government knowingly withholding funds in areas where there is lack is unconstitutional. This may be a tad off topic, but how can performance based assessments be tied to funding? Does it make sense for a public education system to do that?

Notably, are these low performing schools even included in the budget planning on federal or state level?

Of course the government should utilize and maintain performance budgets for agencies they support. However, the question to ask is if the agency supported is keeping in line with their supposed mission concerning (a) their various boards, (b) their workers, in this instance, their faculty, and (c) their students.

Mission

ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED’s mission is to:

  • Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
  • Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
  • Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
  • Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
  • Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
  • Improve the management of Federal education activities; and
  • Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public (U.S. Department of Education, 2015).

Performance budgeting does not evaluate wholly what is being taught in the subject matter but to testing. In other words, ask is the testing necessary to pass the class?For example, it is not difficult to see that if a bus is in need of repair then why would you continually allow people to board the bus? No, the bus would be taken off the street until the necessary repairs are made, or it would be replaced altogether. Or, why continue to allow people to board buses in disrepair on one part of the city while on another side of the city the best buses are offered and used? See then if the budget is allocated for public transit then the public is all inclusive not based on the performance of the buses but solely based on the needs of the people.

See then that the scenario for the performance budget and school fits as well and reflects bias because the students are the passengers and the system in need of repair.

According to the TIME  (2012) article, the exact information is given:

Do standardized achievement tests unfairly advantage white and Asian students and disadvantage the rest? According to a group of educational organizations and civil rights groups the answer is yes. The recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education pointing out that black and Latino students in New York score below whites and Asians on standardized tests so consistently that although they are almost 70% of the overall student body, they are only 11% of students enrolled at elite public schools. As a result, the complaint argues that New York City is in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act because schools rely on a test that advantages one racial group over another. (TIME, 2012).

In this way,  yes performance budgeting might be needed, however, not this way. Evaluate the teachers, but not because of their ability to teach a test that they do not have answers to and most certainly do not punish the students for not learning what they have not been taught.

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Your Sunday Bread: More Than Conquerors –not Conquered!

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“For Yahuah hath not given us the spirit of cowardice but of power, and of love, and of sobriety” (1 Timothy 1:7).

This is definitely good news because in the face of adversity we can know that we do not have to be afraid of anything.

In this case, one may have only a mind to think of problems at hand. I get that, because inability to think has us hemmed up in a cage like existence.

Therefore, we are fearful of problems which might present to us, because let’s face it we might wonder how it is we have come to this place again but is it fear of seeking, fear of asking, fear of knocking which has us beat.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that is not Yah, because scripture tells us there is no cowardice [in our abiding] in him.  That says it right there and tests our thinking.

Today: we must get over this fear, that is fear of change, fear of rejection, fear of asking for wisdom, and know we are more than conquerors- not conquered.

For your hearing:

1 Timothy 1

Your Sunday Bread: Sexless Love

11392937_1000276093318354_7939337952893540428_nHaving sex is not love. Generally men may think this way, and women think giving sex is love. However, one cannot place a measurement there to say that sex is love, and one should ask when did the Most High say that sex is love?

In this, one should think that seeking sex is seeking love in the wrong place. People love sex, but sex does not seek love that lasts. Hence, one should see that though sex is good it is not love, because when we love a person we may give sex freely; however, in that same note withhold it when we do not love any longer.

Sex is not love then, because love does not fail us when sex is no more, and love is withstanding when sex is not available

. Love suffers, and sex finds another option. Therefore, sex fails when love does not. It is the case, that without love we have nothing but sex which produces babies to love and to recreate love in itself, but since love is not sex–loveless sex can walk away.

Ladies and Gentlemen love is sexless which says that ultimately one must find the realm of making love not sex.

For your hearing:

1 Corinthians 13

Your Sunday Bread: When the Other Woman is His Mother

I want to talk to all the women out there dealing with the [other] woman. His mother.

I was very dismayed to find one day after being single, and mothering my children alone that the man of my dream came waltzing into my life without me going looking for a man. I had become settled and had resigned myself to doing me. I was in a good place in my mind, though I still had problems to iron out I was in a good place.

This man comes along and we get alone, months passed and we became close. I would love to tell you that this is a fairy tale ending type thing, but that would be too easy. So instead, I will tell you that I have had to contend with my husbands ideal woman, but its not me —she’s his mother. Except, his ideal and my real deal have been separate though not at first. At first, I think that I was much like she was. No, for him I was someone that he could mold into a project, and for a while that probably went well for him.

You see Ladies, I was weak. Hence, his ideal woman is a weak woman—just like his mother. This is not a laughing matter, its serious.

Ladies, we should not be of the mind that we have no say. Never, allow a man to take you away from your role as his wife and mother, and manager of your home. It is the case, that many women have chosen to leave their children and their homes to go to work–while—he stays home and though some dads are good in this manner, others leave the children to fiend for themselves. Hence, no one to raise the children. I didn’t do that, his mother did. Hence, I have had to stand up for my rights as a mother and a wife.

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I was really angry when I found out that his ideal was unreal, and at one point I bought into it, that is, until the Most High opened my eyes. I understand that many of us work because we want a bunch of nothingness….stuff, and our children suffer for that. I also understand there are many women raising children alone, and say Yah bless you beloved. However, we all have one thing in common and that is finding strength in Yah to stand up and take our place, not as being mother and father, but decidedly what is more important is being a mother; especially when a husband can provide.

Provide he should, and with a strong woman who knows here place he will. I want to tell you that I have no problem with my man going to work. He does, however, his mother’s life and mine are separate.

Ladies, his mother and the two shall become one flesh do not mix, and neither is she part of cleaving. It is the case, that the other woman is not here any more, however, her influence still is. In which, it serves to tell you Ladies that if we are not doing a good job our sons wife will know it.

Scripture says, that a wife should respect her husband unto Yahuah. Then ask, does Yah really want me to leave my children? No, he doesn’t and neither should your man.

Today: I pray for righteous motives to abound in every home as unto Yah. Father, we thank you that these women’s husbands and their children will rise up and call them blessed, because she will be capable (Proverbs 31) of handling every situation to come her way. We pray for the children who will grow up trained well to know your Way

In Support of Baltimore: Or; Smashing Police Cars Is Logical Political Strategy

Originally posted on RADICAL FAGGOT:

Rioters near Camden Yards in Baltimore smashing the windows and windshields of police cars. Rioters near Camden Yards in Baltimore smashing the windows and windshields of police cars.

As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life.

We see ghettos and crime and absent parents where we should see communities actively struggling against mental health crises and premeditated economic exploitation. And when we see police cars being smashed and corporate property being destroyed, we should see reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.

I’m overwhelmed by the pervasive slandering of protesters in Baltimore this weekend for not remaining peaceful. The bad-apple rhetoric would have us believe that most Baltimore protesters are demonstrating the right way—as is their constitutional right—and only a few are disrupting the peace, giving the movement a bad name.

This spin should be…

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