Mark Naison

mark naisonMark Naison is a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African-American History, urban history, and the history of sports.

More School Walkouts This Spring

High School Walkouts

Mark Naison: The sense of power and agency that these high school students are gaining from participation in these protests should not be underestimated.

How Rudy Guiliani Gets It All Wrong

Rudy Guiliani Michael Brown

Mark Naison: This smothering, stifling police presence is THEIR REALITY, something they deeply resent not only for the fear it inspires, but for the message it sends about what the rest of the city and the rest of the nation thinks of them

Football, Violence and the Language of Male Domination

Football Male Domination

Mark Naison: The culture of football, as I experienced it in the 1960s and 1970s, was something that I could easily see spilling over into domestic violence, both because so many of the people who played it well were filled with rage, and because women were so thoroughly objectified by the language almost everyone used.

Don’t Shoot: Respect, Guide and Inspire

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Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.

Arne Gets An Earful!

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Mark Naison: I asked for a two-year moratorium on all these policies — no more school closings, no more VAM, no more charter school creation — and a new effort by the US Department Education to have teachers voices have a primary role in shaping Department policy rather than business leaders.

Teacher Temps Can’t Move Children Out of Poverty

Teacher Temps

Mark Naison: One of the things I am most worried about in the rush to online learning and disposable teacher temps is the elimination of relationship building and mentoring, which in my experience, is key in having education move people out of poverty and promote upward mobility.

Why Charter School Scandals Resemble the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Charter School Scandals

Mark Naison: While the comparison is not exact, there are some powerful similarities between what happened to subprime mortgages and what is currently taking place with charter schools, another “short cut” to opportunity which has been seized upon by elites for financial and political gain, to the detriment of those for whom the charter school was initially designed to help.

Badass Teachers Assn

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Mark Naison: As The Badass Teachers Association celebrates its first year I’m utterly stunned by the phenomenal growth. I have never been part of any organization that has grown this fast.

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