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By Jim Krumel – info@limanews.com
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LIMA — Jeffrey Kirkman is concerned with what he views as a dwindling emphasis on education by Black families as the nation this weekend celebrates the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.
Kirkman, a Black entrepreneur, operates Nine Consulting Services in Lima, which provides cultural diversity and training services to educational institutions as well as businesses.
“There is a problem and it all ties together,” Kirkman said. “Somewhere down the line, we as a Black culture have fallen away from the priority we were putting on education.”
Kirkman points to high school graduation rates, which he says have dropped for minorities, especially among black males. It is no surprise this comes at a time when more Black males are serving jail sentences for various crimes, he says.
“We know that the incarceration rate for black males is up. We show that in our numbers that 75% to 83% of all black males who don’t graduate, end up being incarcerated. That is tough when you consider that minority males only make up between 9% to 10% of the whole population, but we represent 35% to 40% of the prison population,” he said.
Kirkman said communities like Lima cannot afford to let that keep happening if they are to advance the Black culture.
“Our families need to understand that education still gives their child the best opportunity for success. It needs to be a priority. The push needs to come from home.”
Minority parents are no different than other parents, Kirkman said. They want the best for their children. However, many don’t know how to navigate the educational system.
Not everyone is in agreement on the path to take.
Voucher program
Kirkman is an advocate of Ohio’s EdChoice scholarship program for those who are looking for an alternative to a public school. Often referred to as the voucher program, EdChoice scholarships allow tax dollars to be used for students to attend private schools.
However, the 25-year-old program is currently the subject of a lawsuit by a coalition of public school districts, which includes Lima, Elida and Kalida schools. In the case of Lima, the lawsuit notes that more than 600 students living within the Lima school district are expected to receive $3.5 million in vouchers to attend private schools, an average of $5,833.
That’s money being skimmed away from public schools and adds to the difficulties of running programs required of them, Lima Schools Superintendent Jill Ackerman told The Lima News earlier this month.
Kirkman believes ending the voucher program would be a mistake.
“If I was a parent who had a child in a failing school, I would want to have an opportunity to say ‘no, it’s not fair for my kid because I live in a certain area where the schools are not performing the way they should be performing. Why should my kids have to suffer by being forced to go to a failing school just because I’m poor? I should have the opportunity to send my kids to some of the best schools like anyone else.’”
He added, “If I’m preaching in my household that education is important, I need to put my kid in the best place possible. Some of these kids when they go to college, they realize they’re not even ready. They’re nowhere close to ready and that’s why the retention rate in colleges is low for blacks.”
Ackerman says it’s a misconception that all students seeking a voucher will actually receive one.
“These schools screen these kids and decide whether or not they want them. It’s not a parent’s choice. It never has been,” she said.
College and trades
It’s imperative that such differences are worked out without closing a door that leads to a better education for Blacks, Kirkman said.
According to statistics compiled in 2020 by the Thomas Fordham Institute, 56 percent of Ohio students enroll in two- or four-year colleges or universities after high school. Enrollment is highest among students from suburban areas (73%) and lower in urban districts (42%).
“If we don’t educate our young people, we can’t advance our culture,” Kirkman said. “The decisions that will be guiding this country in the future are being made in the board rooms and on the political fronts by people who have advanced degrees. If we’re not there, then we’re not enabled to help make decisions that may affect our community. As is, we only still represent probably about 12% of the population that’s on campus.”
Improving that number is a matter of “connecting the dots,” Kirkman said.
“If our young people are planning on going to college, then how do we help them get there? We understand that a lot of young people don’t even know how to go to college. Maybe they’re not getting the proper advice from their counselors at schools, or it may be the counselor doesn’t think some of these people are even proficient enough even to go to college. When we talk to young people about going to college, it’s something they can’t even envision.”
College is not for everybody, Kirkman acknowledges. But he says it’s important for everyone to have a skill. In that light, he notes that the trades – welders and pipe fitters, for example — are training people at no cost.
“You just can’t graduate from high school, and say, ‘OK I graduated, now I’m going to look for a job.’ It’s just too hard that way.”
Sharetta Smith
Kirkman said Black residents need not look any further than 50 Town Square for an example of how parental guidance along with an education can make a difference. The office of mayor is now held by Sharetta Smith, a Black woman who overcame many obstacles in working her way through college to obtain a law degree.
“Sharetta is like our poster child. She is a young lady who came from a decent family who preached the importance of an education. She worked hard all her life. If it wasn’t for her education, she would have never had that opportunity to become mayor.”
By Jim Krumel
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GROMMET, ROD POCKET, OR BACK TAB CURTAINS? WHAT SHOULD I USE

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There are many curtain styles to choose from that can affect the decor and feel of a space, including classic, modern, casual, or traditional. A curtain’s class, when combined with its color, pattern, and texture, creates a mood that reflects your decorative style.

Three simple options for hanging curtains include a grommet, rod pocket, and back tab. Each style can be customized to create a unique look. These are the three most popular types of curtain headers.

Rod Pocket Curtains

Rod pocket curtains are also known as pole top or casement drapery. The rod can slip through the casing by being sewn to the back of the curtain panel. Panes can be gathered around the rod for a soft, clean look with straight lines. The curtain can be attached to the rod without any hardware. When the curtain is closed, a small amount of the rod will be visible at each end.

With layered window covers, rod pocket curtains are a great choice. When the curtain is opened, valences can be hung above it to hide the rod. You can mount sheers under the main panels. French doors and sidelights are common places for casement curtains. Rods slide through the casements at the top or bottom of the boards, so the curtains can be attached to the window’s top or bottom. This window treatment is often made with sheers. It provides privacy and allows light through.

Finials are the ends of curtain rods that match the curtain’s color, style, or pattern. You can reduce the appearance of hardware by using glass, crystal, or acrylic finials. These materials reflect light rather than drawing the eye to the end caps.

Attach curtain rings or pin-hooks to the back panel of rod pocket curtains to make them more custom. The calls are placed evenly, so the draperies don’t affect the material’s fall and gather. Because the material cannot slide along the rod, rod pocket curtains can be more difficult to open and close. Adjusting curtains is easier with pin hooks or rings. Use pins or rings to change curtains.

Back Tab Curtains

Back tab curtains are a great option for a more tailored look that doesn’t require pins or clips. Hidden tab curtains are also known as back tab curtains. They have loops or tabs sewn to the back of the curtain header. The check is hidden behind the rod so the rod can slip through it. This creates the illusion that the curtain is floating in space, giving it a clean, elegant look. Without any hardware, the curtains form pleats above each rod tab. The curtain’s top rises above the rod, giving it a clean edge.

Back tab curtains can be used if you don’t need to open or close the drapes often. Tabs may be difficult to slip over the pole because the fabric rests directly upon the rod. Flat rods are better than round ones for keeping the wrinkles and tabs straight. Flat rods allow for a smoother fall and crisper pleats because the charges are flush against the flat rod.

If you wish to make the curtains more appealing, you can attach clips or rings to the tabs. Calls can also increase in length. To add a few inches to your curtain, attach rings to its top to reduce it to the desired size. This allows you to use standard curtains without alteration. This technique also improves the appearance of puddling (or the pooling or fabric on the floor).

Hidden tab curtains distribute weight without sagging and support heavier fabrics. You can also use back tab headers with lighter materials. The rod can show through sheer fabrics, which may affect the illusion of the curtain suspended in the air. Because the title is visible, back tabs are great for curtains with lace and other decorative trim. Rings and clips may hide or pinch a portion of the edge.

Grommet Top Curtains

Grommet top curtains are a great choice for modern and trendy decor. Grommet curtains are also known as eyelet curtains. They use rings embedded in their headers to guide the curtain pole. Because of their rigidity, grommets can form well-defined and even wrinkles. Grommet top curtains are better for stiff materials. They give the fabric a crisp look and allow it to fall. Grommet rings enable panels to slide over the rod easily because of their smooth finish. As you use the curtain over time, grommets add strength.

Grommets can be made from many materials, adding to the curtain’s beauty. Popular metallic finishes include silver, brass, nickel, and bronze. There are many options for plastic grommets. You can match grommet colors with curtain fabric or create multicolored and patterned grommets for a unique design. Grommet openings can be as small as 3/8 inches up to 1-9/16 inches. This allows you to play with size and color to create a unique look.

Grommet drapery headers show the rod in contrast to casement or back tab curtains, which don’t display it. When choosing curtains, pair them with rods that complement the overall design of your window treatment. Grommet top curtains can be paired with wood, brass, and acrylic rods. The variations in shape can be influenced by varying the rod width and the grommet openings.

Consider how curtains will improve the space when you are shopping for curtains. You can combine curtain panels’ heaviness, color, pattern, and fullness. Remember how header styles affect mood and atmosphere. Combine your panels with finials, rods, and other curtain hardware to create an individual look.

There are many curtain styles to choose from that can affect the decor and feel of a space, including classic, modern, casual, or traditional. A curtain’s class, when combined with its color, pattern, and texture, creates a mood that reflects your decorative style.

Three simple options for hanging curtains include a grommet, rod pocket, and back tab. Each style can be customized to create a unique look. These are the three most popular types of curtain headers.

Rod Pocket Curtains

Rod pocket curtains are also known as pole tops or casement drapes. They are a classic and elegant way to hang drapery. The rod can slip through the casing by being sewn to the back of the curtain panel. For a soft, clean look, panels are gathered on the rod with gathers. The curtain can be attached to the rod without any hardware. When the curtain is closed, a small amount of the rod will be visible at each end.

With layered window covers, rod pocket curtains are a great choice. When the curtain is opened, valences can be hung above it to hide the rod. You can mount sheers under the main panels. French doors and sidelights are common places for casement curtains. Rods slide through the casements at the top or bottom of the boards, so the curtains can be attached to the window’s top or bottom. This window treatment is often made with sheers. It provides privacy and allows light through.

Finials are the ends of curtain rods that match the curtain’s color, style, or pattern. You can reduce the appearance of hardware by using glass, crystal, or acrylic finials. These materials reflect light rather than drawing the eye to the end caps.

Attach curtain rings or pin-hooks to the panel at the pocket’s back to create rod pocket curtains. The calls are placed evenly, so the draperies don’t affect the material’s fall and gather. Because the material cannot slide along the rod, rod pocket curtains can be more difficult to open and close. Adjusting curtains is easier with pin hooks or rings. Use pins or rings to change curtains.

Back Tab Curtains

Back tab curtains are a great option for a more tailored look that doesn’t require pins or clips. Hidden tab curtains are also known as back tab curtains. They have loops or tabs that are sewn to the curtain header. The account is hidden behind the rod so the rod can slip through it. This creates the illusion that the curtain is floating in space, giving it a clean, elegant look. Without any hardware, the curtains form pleats above each rod tab. The curtain’s top rises above the rod, giving it a clean edge.

Back tab curtains can be used if you don’t need to open or close the drapes often. It may be difficult for tabs to slide over the pole because the fabric rests directly upon the rod. Flat rods are better than round ones for keeping the wrinkles and tabs straight. Flat rods allow for a smoother fall and crisper pleats because the charges are flush against the flat rod.

If you wish to make the curtains more appealing, you can attach clips or rings to the tabs. Calls can also increase in length. To add a few inches to your curtain, attach rings to its top to reduce it to the desired size. This allows you to use standard curtains without alteration. This technique also improves the appearance of puddling (or the pooling or fabric on the floor).

Hidden tab curtains distribute weight without sagging and support heavier fabrics. You can also use back tab headers with lighter materials. The rod can show through sheer fabrics, which may affect the illusion of the curtain suspended in the air. Because the entire title is visible, back tabs are great for curtains with lace and other decorative trim. Rings and clips, on the other hand, may hide or pinch a portion of the trim.

Grommet Top Curtains

Grommet top curtains are a great choice for modern and trendy decor. Grommet curtains are also known as eyelet curtains. They use rings embedded in their headers to guide the curtain pole. Because of their rigidity, grommets can form pleats that are well-defined and even. Grommet top curtains are better for stiff materials. They give the fabric a crisp look and allow it to fall. Grommet rings allow panels to slide over the rod easily because of their smooth finish. As you use the material over time, grommets add strength to your curtain.

Grommets can be made from many materials and add to the beauty of the curtain. Popular metallic finishes include silver, brass, nickel, and bronze. There are many options for plastic grommets. For a unique design, you can match grommet colors with curtain fabric or create multicolored and patterned grommets. Grommet openings can be as small as 3/8 inches up to 1-9/16 inches. This allows you to play with both size and color to create a unique look.

Grommet drapery headers show the rod in contrast to casement or back tab curtains, which don’t display it. When choosing curtains, make sure you pair them with rods that complement the overall design of your window treatment. Grommet top curtains can be paired with rods made of wood, brass, and acrylic. The variations in shape can be influenced by varying the rod width and the grommet opening size.

Consider how curtains will improve the space when you are shopping for curtains. You can combine the heaviness, color, pattern, and fullness of curtain panels. Remember how header styles affect mood and atmosphere. To create an individual look, combine your panels with finials, rods, and other curtain hardware.

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