Tamarques Porter is a native Memphian. He is a graduate of Melrose High school. After college, Tamarques began to develop a deep passion for helping children. Throughout the years, Tamarques has partnered with various organizations across Memphis to help mold the next generation of thinkers and leaders.
Learning to read and comprehend is an essential element in our children's future. We must enhance this through the proper teaching of phonics and primary learning methodologies.
Research shows the many short- and long-term benefits of early childhood education, including increased academic development, lower rates of child abuse, neglect, income inequality, and crime. I have visited preschools and Head Start classrooms across Memphis and seen how early childhood education programs have had a significant impact on children across the city. I understand that advocating for funding for early literacy programs a critical component for children’s success.
We need to prioritize career paths that students express interest in rather than giving blanket advice that college is the right/only option.
We need more investments in high-quality STEM classes district wide. Community schools, computer science education, art education, and expanded learning models are a gateway for children's success beyond the classrooms.
We need to dramatically increase our investment in vocational training, providing a viable career path for those students who are more interested in starting their careers immediately after high school instead of continuing with an education they don’t want but feel obligated to get.
We have to oppose standardized tests that falsely and unfairly label our students as failing. We need to create more innovative ways of educating the child holistically. We need more policies that motivate educators, not discourage them.
These skills are arguably more important to success in life than geometry and yet we force students to learn more of the latter than the former. Our education system should shift to include these life skills.
We need more effective communication from the school board level down to the parents. Transparency is essential to bridge the gap between the community and our schools. No Teacher, Parent, Student, or Administrator should feel left out of a decision making process.
Having open communication within a workplace is encouraged, a more cohesive and effective team will emerge. Good communication within a school district also tends to boost employee morale. When teachers and students feel that they are well informed of the direction and vision, they will feel more secure within their roles. Regular internal communication can also lead to an improved work ethic if staff are reminded of their achievements and feel that they are working towards a common goal.
The time is now we address the issues of our community and schools. Our children need us more than ever! Be a part of change, donate today.