The Making of an Education Catastrophe

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Mark Naison: Here’s how a college professor whose field is African American history discovered that public schools and public school teachers were under attack and decided to step forward in defense of both.

Ready for Less Academics?

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Walter Brasch: Fewer people know the names of the recent Nobel laureates than the starting quarterbacks for Division I college teams. To find out why, I went to Green Valley College.

Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

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Gary Cohn: The virtual schools are gaming the system. They get [public] funding based on the number of students they get in the door. Then many of these students struggle and fail and leave.

America’s Adult Learning Crisis

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Charles Hayes: Low-information citizens get much of their authoritative sense of virtue from a stream of hearsay and contemptuous innuendo coming from those with whom they already identify.

Urban School Closings

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Mark Naison: More than 3,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the latest round of School Closings in Philadelphia, more than 80 percent of them Black

Child Labors

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Claude Fischer: Many a parent wonders today whether the weight of schooling, para-schooling, and scheduled enrichments are just too high a burden on children. Perhaps they are.

Stairway to Whiteness: Waiting for Sputnik

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Rudy Acuña: My reading of history tells me that American exceptionalism does not respond to reason; it does not respond to facts or appeals to the common good. So I am resigned to wait for the next Sputnik or for an implosion.