Dr. Matthew Lynch

Dr. Matthew Lynch
Location
Langston, Oklahoma, USA
Birthday
December 31
Title
Professor
Company
Langston University
Bio
As a professor of education, I am, first and foremost, committed to developing outstanding K-12 teachers. That’s because I believe that highly qualified and passionate educators are the best instruments to improve education in K-12 settings. I am the Chairman of the Department of Elementary/Special Education and an Associate Professor of Education at Langston University, and I spent seven years as a K-12 teacher – an experience that gave me an intimate view of the challenges facing genuine education reform. Before assuming my position at Langston, I spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Secondary and Social Studies Programs at Widener University. With that experience behind me, I’ve focused the second stage of my career on researching topics related to education reform, the achievement gap, and teacher education. What I’ve found is that improving teacher education is an essential component in closing the achievement gap. My articles and op eds appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Education Week, and Education World. I’ve also written numerous peer- reviewed articles, which have appeared in academic journals such as AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, International Journal of Progressive Education, Academic Leadership Journal, and others. In addition, I’ve authored and edited a number of books on school reform and school leadership. Please visit my website at www.drmattlynch.com for more information.

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 11:00AM

Paul Ryan's RNC Speech Needs a Fact Check

Immanuel Kant, the philosopher, once said that when a man lies, he annihilates his dignity as a man. By that measure, millions of people across the country today are questioning Paul Ryan's dignity as a man. Many have reported that he said some things in his speech that may not be…

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Dunkin Donuts has some 7,000 locations at this point. Out of them, how many would you guess are franchised by African Americans? Would you guess less than 1 percent of them? It's true! And if the recent franchise news about the company is an indicating factor, either Dunkin Donuts will need…

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There is a story about Benjamin Franklin's time in Paris as an ambassador that is worth considering. He found himself among the crowd as the first hot-air balloon for manned flight was being tested. When one member of the crowd was scoffing what good the balloon would do, Franklin retorted, "What…

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The announcement has been made and everyone is scrambling to learn all they can about the Irish-Catholic Republican from Wisconsin. Many people are already calling Paul Ryan, the Senator that Mitt Romney tapped to be his running mate, as what could become a nightmare for black Americans. So just how…

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AUGUST 8, 2012 4:28PM

Why We Love Gabby!

If you have been paying any attention at all to the Olympics coverage, and even if you haven't been, there's a good chance you have at least heard Gabby's name. She's quickly become an American gem, a household name, and one who's name we will be hearing a lot more about…

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Don't look now, but the heat is being turned up. Way up. Oh wait, there is a good chance that you are already feeling some of that excessive heat where you live. In fact, it is believed that there have been over 4,000 heat records broken over this summer. It's kind…

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President Barack Obama signed a highly acclaimed executive order July 26, one that will significantly improve the education of African Americans. For educators across the United States, the initiative is a long time coming. Many are hopeful the president's recent action will finally facilitate a leve…

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Can you feel the political heat turning up? Don't look now, but it's about to get ugly. With the election just around the corner, the gloves are about to come off, if they haven't already been thrown down. As people begin to make their political picks for the November race, it's…

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Most patriotic Americans agree education should be the most important issue in the country. After all, a country that lacks knowledge lacks power.... right? Common tells us that in order to secure a thriving future for our nation's children, we must become high achievers in the areas of math, reading…

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In 1986, the Supreme Court held that prosecutors could not purposefully exclude African-Americans from trial juries "on account of race, or on the false assumption that members of his race as a group are not qualified to serve as jurors." While all states permit attorneys to make "peremptory" challen…

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Take a look around the office because, statistically speaking, one out of every four adults will experience a mental health disorder in any given year. It's a common occurrence, yet we live in a country where mental illness comes with a side of stigma and a second helping of hardly anyone…

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A new Illinois anti-gang law has caused quite a stir in recent weeks, raising eyebrows among black policymakers and activists who suggest the law may have racial overtones. The legislation, signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in early June, permits state prosecutors to apply investigation tactics simil…

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JUNE 18, 2012 11:40AM

Remembering November 4, 2008

Where were you on November 4, 2008 when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States? For some this day will live in infamy, but every time I think of it, I smile immensely. Why? Because for the first time in my life I found myself lost for words, dreaming…

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Substantial educational change will never occur in Mississippi until its citizens decide that enough is enough and make a commitment to change, no matter what it takes. Over the last 15 years, I have hoped and prayed that my home state would fix the systematic issues that plague its public schools,…

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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 23, 2012 8:48PM

Grading Barack Obama's First Term

America's focus is on the 2012 presidential race. Will Barack Obama be elected to a second term or will a new challenger knock him off his throne? I think it's safe to say that at least half of the country still supports President Obama, even though they may not agree with…

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On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Senate Bill 2401, which proposed to expand charter schools in Mississippi, failed to make it through the House Education Committee by a 16-15 margin. In response, Gov. Phil Bryant is considering convening a special session, hoping that the bill will pass in the full House a…

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APRIL 3, 2012 11:02AM

Grading Obama's Education Policy

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing President Obama's performance in the area of education -- more specifically P-20 education, which begins in preschool and ends with graduate school. As is usually the case when we debate matters of education politics, the debate became quite conte…

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Initially, I was hesitant about writing an opinion piece on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent public outcry, because a multitude of gifted writers had already tackled the story from seemingly every angle. However, after reading Charles M. Blow's, "The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin," I…

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The war on drugs has not been won yet. Walk into any urban, suburban or rural environment and you would probably be amazed at how easy it is to purchase illicit drugs. More than one half of American students will try an illicit drug at least once by the time they…

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you have probably heard about Chester Upland School District's (hereafter referred to CUSD) financial woes. Also, you have heard the heartfelt story of its teachers agreeing to work for free, because the district's coffers were a…

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For over a decade, I have hoped and prayed that Mississippi's public school system would find its way out of the dark ages and embrace genuine school reform. Why? As a native of Mississippi and a former public school teacher, I am deeply concerned about the future of its education system…

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FEBRUARY 21, 2012 5:26PM

A Guide to the School Reform Process

Many school districts across the U.S. could benefit from genuine school reform, but they may lack the resources and/or expertise to carry it out. The purpose of this article is to guide school districts through the reform process, step by step. As a disclaimer, since every school district or educatio…

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It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I write this edition of "Living Legends." On February 11, 2012, the world lost one its greatest voices, Whitney Elizabeth Houston. As far as my series goes, she was definitely on my "wish list" of people that I dreamed of interviewing…

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Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 10, 2012 1:39PM

Why I Respectfully Disagree With Obama's NCLB Waivers

President Obama has agreed to exempt 10 states from the most rigorous tenets of NCLB, in exchange for adopting higher standards and creating more innovative ways of measuring student achievement. The president essentially signed this executive order because Congress has failed to amend the law in spi…

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Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ancestors and reconnect with our storied past. We have endured much long-suffering as a race but, we continue to persevere and survive. For over five years…

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