Education Reform

Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.

Mistakes Were Made: The John Deasy Years

John Deasy Departs

Bill Raden: LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer, for one, agrees that Deasy’s laudable concern over the students most in peril in the district was too often offset by his obliviousness to the importance of consensus-building and the precipitate speed with which he attempted to implement controversial policies.

Does Arne Duncan Measure Up?

Arne Duncan Failing

Lucianna Sanson: Secretary Duncan has seen the writing on the data wall: teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens are NOT fooled by the corporate ed reform agenda. It is going to go down.

Deasy to Cortines: Frying Pan to Fire

John Deasy Resigns

Leonard Isenberg: Only in the long-failed insular culture of LAUSD, that steadfastly refuses to go outside its own incestuous administrative short list comfort zone of “qualified” public education insiders, would a Ray Cortines even be considered.

A Teacher Who Made a Difference

Doing Teaching Right

Frank McAlpin: Ms. Dawson’s class was not about memorizing and spitting back information on multiple choice tests. Her class was about building our reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

US Whitewashed History

US History Curriculum

Steve Hochstadt: U.S. history was white-washed. Public school textbooks used in Texas were emphatic about savage Indians and lazy Negroes.

Making Money Off Students

Money Off Students

Lucianna M. Sanson and Lee-Ann P. Nolan: While these so-called ed-reformers would have us believe that Tennessee is making great gains in the testing arena, in actuality, we are making great gains FOR testing companies, Charter schools, and corporations, NOT our students.

Game Plan for College Sports Reform

College Sports Reform

Frank Fear: How about taking a page out of history? Let’s do in 2014 what happened in 1905: leaders take stock and make adjustments “for the good of the game” and—more importantly—for the good of American higher education.

Colorado Students Give Nation a History Lesson

Colorado Students Walk Out

Joseph Palermo: The student activists of Jefferson County show us that the younger generation can rise to the occasion and steer the world toward a better place than their parents and grandparents left for them.

Why California Pre-K Is Doomed

JNJ October Preview Peter Laarman: Next month Justice Not Jails is asking all faith communities to focus on the racism and waste of human beings in our criminal justice justice system.

Joe Mathews: The state’s lack of ambition will kill universal preschool before it starts.

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