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Gabe Hart

Gabe Hart

Gabe Hart is chief communications officer for Haywood County Schools and a former teacher of English and Literature. He writes a monthly op-ed column for The Jackson Sun as well as feature stories for the quarterly journal, "Our Jackson Home." He also serves on the education committee for the newly formed Jackson Equity Project which seeks to advocate for equity and justice for marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed people living in Jackson. Beyond writing and teaching, Gabe enjoys spending time with his fourteen year old daughter, exercising, and listening to music (specifically The National and Jason Isbell.)

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A Pride parade on iconic Beale Street June 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. Gay people and the people who love them came out to celebrate Pride month. (© Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/Tennessee Lookout)

Madison County “culture war” is a fight worth having

By: - June 21, 2022

Since the beginning of time, relationships between humans have existed in many other forms and fashions other than monogamous, heterosexual affiliations.  Until recently, however, those relationships were not equally recognized from a legal perspective or carried the same weight of acceptance from a broad portion of society.  The strides that have been made over the […]

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The sign outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville. (Photo: Eric Glenn for Shutterstock)

Commentary: Southern Baptist Convention silences women

By: - May 31, 2022

For the first 25 years of my life, I attended church religiously.  I was an active member of the youth group in a Southern Baptist church.  I enrolled in college at Union University—a conservative, Southern Baptist institution.  When I graduated, I became the youth minister at my home church, and eventually a deacon at the […]

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Donkey and elephant in front of American flag. (Getty Images)

Commentary: Threatening voters in open primaries is anti-democratic

By: - May 2, 2022

My first active experience in the election process was voting in the presidential election in 2000 when George W. Bush was running against Al Gore.  I was a senior at Union University — a highly conservative, Southern Baptist university in Jackson, Tenn.  I didn’t really do any research on the candidates because as a good […]

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Commentary: Investing in Tennessee’s children is long overdue

By: - April 19, 2022

My girlfriend lives in southeast Pennsylvania, so every other Friday I hop on a plane in Nashville and fly up.  This past weekend, we were at a party in Philadelphia and during the course of conversation with a group of people, I mentioned that I lived in Tennessee.  I got a side-eye from one person, […]

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Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 2021. East High School in Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Commentary: That’s what the money’s for

By: - January 5, 2022

There’s a scene in an episode of the television series “Mad Men” that I haven’t been able to get out of my head recently.  In the scene, anti-hero Don Draper is working late on a Friday night because he’s miserable and wants to make everyone else miserable, too.  Copywriter Peggy Olsen is also staying late […]

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Commentary: Regressive discipline policy in Jackson-Madison County Schools is wrong direction

By: - November 8, 2021

Up until about a month ago, my work days were spent in the presence of 20-25 adolescents who were navigating changing bodies, volatile emotions, teen angst, and the best way to learn the latest TikTok dances.  In other words, I was a middle school teacher – arguably the most challenging job in the world of […]

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A Sept. 3 photo Gov. Bill Lee posted on his official Instagram page showed him enjoying dove hunting season in Humphreys County. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee Instagram)

Commentary: ‘Unapologetic American exceptionalism’ exists in a whitewashed world

By: - September 7, 2021

I follow Gov. Bill Lee on Instagram.  He’s probably not the first person that comes to mind when one thinks of cutting edge, visual social media.  I don’t follow him because I’m a fan of his policies or his plaid shirts or even his folksy, staged pictures in Anytown, Tennessee.  I definitely don’t follow him […]

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See nothing, hear nothing, say nothing: children will bear the brunt of the state's mishandling of the COVID crisis. (Photo illustration: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Our children will bear the brunt of state’s mishandling of COVID-19 crisis

By: - August 9, 2021

As a teacher, I can pinpoint distinct feelings associated with each part of the year.  The obvious excitement of the end of the school year in late spring with students wrapping up exams and desks being pushed to the perimeter of the room for the annual waxing of the floor over the summer.  The tired, […]

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Man at Nashville rally, June 4. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Commentary: Educators will continue to teach the truth of America’s racial history

By: - July 12, 2021

As a West Tennessee public school teacher of 18 years, my life has taken on a rhythmic pattern – pedal to the floor, hair on fire for ten months and then two months of rest during the summer.  The same process year in and year out.  June and July have always afforded me a time […]