Police Everywhere

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Mark Naison: I can only imagine how young people of color feel about this smothering police presence, especially as they are the ones this presence is often placed there for.

Education Reformers and “The New Jim Crow”

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Mark Naison: Current school reform policies represent a brilliant tactic to avoid dealing with the real causes of poverty and inequality in society, while finding a convenient scapegoat in public school teachers and their unions.

How Civil Rights Law Demonizes Teachers

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Mark Naison: The notion that “School Reform is the Civil Rights Cause of the 21st Century” has become a cruel joke to teachers and students who find themselves deluged with unnecessary tests and placed under intolerable stress in the name of educational equity.

America’s War on Teachers

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Mark Naison: One question we must ask is why this campaign has acquired such strong bipartisan support and why the public has not spoken out more against it.

Turning the Tide: An Historian’s View of School Reform

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Mark Naison: Over time, people of courage and integrity will turn the tide and begin to restore sanity to educational discourse and develop a powerful alliance of teachers, parents and students, supported first by the Occupy movement, and later by unions, religious organizations and progressive politicians.

Teachers Demand Arne Duncan’s Removal

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Mark Naison: We, the undersigned, a cross section of the nation’s teachers and their supporters, wish to express our extreme displeasure with the policies implemented during your administration by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

America’s Teachers See Growing Poverty Up Close

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If You Want to Know the Human Impact of The Current Recession, Ask America’s Teachers One of the things I’ve discovered in recent years is that when it comes to education policy, the last people asked for input are America’s teachers. We have a President who holds an” education summit” that includes the nation’s top [...]

Drugs and Ron Paul’s Appeal to Young Voters

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The Drug Economy, Neo Liberalism and the Social Basis of Ron Paul’s Appeal to Young Voters “New York streets where killers’ll walk like Pistol Pete And Pappy Mason, gave the young boys admiration Prince from Queens and Fritz from Harlem Street legends, the drugs kept the hood from starving” Nas, “Get Down” That big ol’ [...]

The Sixties Student Movement and the Working Class

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Mark Naison: During the 1960’s, New York city was the scene of an incredibly powerful anti-war and student movement. Like Occupy Wall Street, this movement was often attacked for being unrepresentative of the city’s working class. In reality, this movement was far more diverse in class and race than critics at the time, or historians, realized.

Tim Tebow and the Politics of Whiteness

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Mark Naison: Best of all, Tebow doesn’t confirm racial stereotypes. He is strong, tough, athletic, dominating the game because defensive players can’t tackle him. And he has clearly won the respect of his black teammates. I like that.

My Barack Obama Problem

Photo: Pete Souza, Official White House photographer

Mark Naison: The straw that broke the camel’s back, after many disappointments, was the image of the President regaling a $2,500 a plate dinner in San Francisco while Occupy Oakland was being attacked by an army of police.

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