Kids Under Pressure

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Mark Naison: All over the nation, stories abound of classrooms becoming zones of extreme stress, with teachers and students displaying symptoms of anxiety, rage ,and depression in response to the new demands.

Resist Teach for America

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Robert Skeels: I’ve been tasked with establishing the UCLA chapter of SUPE. I need help. We’re looking for students who care deeply about public education and want to change the discourse about our schools.

What’s Wrong with Grit?

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Vicki Zakrzewski: Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit—particularly when pressured by parents and teachers–dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

Segregation in Education: Reading Between the Lines

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Scot Nakagawa: The composition of our American citizenry will soon be mostly non-white, but white students aren’t, for the most part, being prepared for that future, making what’s happening on the whiter side of the color line in our schools something racial justice advocates should be concerned about.

Fixing Our Schools

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Mark Naison: I thought it might be appropriate to momentarily drop my Junkyard Dog/Badass Teacher persona and offer some positive ideas about how to improve our educational system.

My Brothers Keeper Initiative

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Unless the District makes a concerted effort to train and staff highly qualified teachers at high-need schools and promote a culture of high expectations for African American and Latino students, the roll-out will only deepen the race/class disparities in Los Angeles.

Socialism, Liberty, and Government and Corporate Power

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Socialism and Liberty — In the US today, policies that are egalitarian in intent often become the opposite in implementation.

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