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December 3rd, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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  1. Sharon

    I know from first hand experience that what John Legend is speaking about some teachers, the principles, administrators and school board superintendent could not be more accurate and is one of the main reasons why the system is failing our kids!!!!! Like he just said; "It's Happening! Simple as That!" PREACH!

    December 4, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  2. Sharon

    Thank you CNN and Steven Perry for Perry's Principles! And I want on board John Legend's train! Brother PLEASE keep speaking the TALK exactly the way you are speaking it! Being an advocate minded parent, watching the two of you is beginning to give me back my hope and strength to begin doing what I started 5yrs ago and have preached for 20. I see you both focusing in areas that go much deeper than trivial issues or school protocol, and stepping WAY OUT THE BOX for the sake of the children; doing what needs to be done and saying what needs to be said. Watching you reminds me constantly of just how much needs to be done, that I was on course, my intentions do matter and I'm no longer alone in the fight to get ALL children HEALTHY and EDUCATED EQUALLY!; though locally, I often feel very much alone. It's hard out here for a advocate! But I will keep pushing forward and urging others to do so with me!

    December 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Alice Wheatley

    I am so excited to hear what Perry was saying on CNN this morning about education. I can't wait to see Education Makeover tomorrow. Both my husband and I are teachers and we are tired of teachers being the only party being held accountable for student success. I have always said that it takes all three parties teacher, parents and student for students to succeed. Just like it takes three legs for a stool to stand. Without the support of one leg a stool will not stand, nor will a child succeed. I feel that parents are so busy trying to survive this economy that they do not have the time or the energy to deal with their child's education. They are in survival mode instead of thinking about their child's future. Teachers can only do so much. I spend nine hours a day at school and often I feel this is to no avail. I provide free tutoring five days a week. Very few students take advantage of the tutoring. I spend hundreds of dollars on rewards to try to provide motivation for students to study or even just do their homework. It is frustrating at times; however, if I can even reach one student, it will all be worth it. I just wish more parents could hear what you are saying. You have truly hit the nail on the head. Thank you! Alice

    December 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Michelle Hazlett

    I saw your segment Perry's Prinipals and John Legend was speaking about education and having good teachers/pricipals. I agree and right now I am going through that situation with my son's current principal/vice-pricipal. My son's previous pricipal was a class act and genuinly cared about the students. Our new "part-time" pricipal & vice-principal lack in every aspect of being in an elementary school. The VP comes from a middle school and acts like the kids are going to bite him if he has any contact with them. The principal, well lets just say I have yet to see the woman smile. These are elementary kids who crave for attention and neither one seems to have that connection with these kids. Recently, I brought my concerns to the school board and during my speech, I was cut off by the senior board member and told that "I can't come to a meeting and critisize and bash elected officals that the board has hired". I defended myself and said that "I had a right to be heard especially when it comes to my child". I was told "No you don't" and was asked to leave the board meeting. It is all on video from the meeting. I am just wondering, if they won't listen to me than who will? I am not the only parent who feels this way but I think I am the only one brave enough to say something. What can we do???

    December 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm |