Vassar Sends a Message

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Randy Shaw: Thank goodness there are still college presidents like Vassar’s Hill, whose school not only reflects a commitment to socioeconomic diversity, but who is willing to speak the truth on a subject many college presidents refuse to honestly address.

Mitch Daniels, Howard Zinn, and the Politics of History

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Joseph Palermo: Mitch Daniels’s attempt to erase Zinn from the Indiana curriculum unveils him as an anti-intellectual who is clueless about the discipline of History as well as the historical profession.

Could an iPad Replace LAUSD Superintendent Deasy?

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David Lyell: LAUSD also continues to seem to be targeting teachers for dismissal who are at or near vesting accrual of life-time health benefits, and employees who have been accused and cleared of wrongdoing are rarely returned to the classroom—all under the guise of protecting students.

Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart

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Gary Cohn: Critics contend that co-locating siphons key resources from the already-underfunded traditional public schools, depriving students of playground space, library time and other resources.

Chicano Studies: Held in Trust

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Rodolfo F. Acuña: My fear is that over the years both faculty and students have lost the sense that they owe the past and are holding Chicana/o studies in trust for future generations.

When Education Is a Business

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Lawrence Wittner: The sharply reduced government funding for public universities, the replacement of full-time faculty with low-wage, rootless adjuncts, the rapid development of mass, online courses for academic credit, and the increasingly pervasive corporate presence on campus all indicate more concern for the business-defined bottom line than for intellectual growth.

Why Are College Presidents Treated Like Wall Street CEOs?

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Randy Shaw: As young people graduate college facing crushing debt, college presidents, even in public schools like the University of California, are living high on the hog.

Congratulations First in the Family Humanist Scholars!

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black Skeptics Los Angeles spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college.

Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

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Ellen Brown: Warren and her co-sponsor John Tierney propose that students be allowed to borrow directly from the government at the same rate that banks get from the Federal Reserve — 0.75 percent.

Fighting for Our Classrooms — And for the Human Beings Inside Them

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RJ Eskow: The Wall Street crowd wants us to think of education in terms of means — which usually means finding ways to spend less — rather than ends. But when it comes to education, the “ends” are our children.

Corporate Welfare or Education?

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Lawrence Wittner: United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents 35,000 faculty and other professional staff on SUNY campuses, has been disturbed for years by the state government’s abandonment of its legal commitment to fund public higher education.

Closing Public Schools to Build Luxury Housing

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Mark Naison – Approximately 1/6 of all apartments in this city are used as “pied at terres” (part time residences) for wealthy people from other countries and we want to close public schools to give them more.

How to Reduce Violence after School Closures

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Vicki Zakrzewski: Planned school closings have been met with angry protests from teachers and parents who argue that the closures will force students to cross dangerous gang lines on their way to school.

How Walmart Can REALLY Help Our Schools: Pay Living Wages

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Peter Dreier: The Waltons could end to the company’s longstanding practice of keeping its employees in poverty, with low wages, poor benefits, and unpredictable schedules that make parenting even harder than it already is.

LA Community Colleges Need to Provide Green Training

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Nancy Pearlman: As the job market becomes more competitive, the community colleges in Southern California need to revamp their vocational and avocational courses to prepare students for the twenty-first century and to reeducate workers in modern green technology jobs.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

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Lawrence Wittner: Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

Mentors, Not Tests, Move Young People Out of Poverty

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Mark Naison: Virtually everyone I interviewed who was able to move from a working class childhood to professional status had someone invest large amounts of time and energy in expanding their “cultural capital” by building their self confidence as well as their skills.

When Teachers Are Valued

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James Rhodes: In Hanoi, university staff are poorly paid, yet theirs is a lasting bond among nation, family, individual, university and teacher.

Figthing for the Life of Public Education

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Mark Naison: As I watch the teaching profession be destroyed before my eyes, through bi-partisan initiatives that are difficult to fight, I am filled with anger. I hate what is going on, and will fight it with every ounce of my energy, but as a historian, I am hardly surprised.

Pendejo Politics: When You’re Stupid, You’re Stupid

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Rudy Acuña: What can you expect of an educational system where, according to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 46 percent, of Americans believe in creationism?

Race to the Top Redistributes Income to the Top

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Mark Naison: Race to the Top redistributes income and not in a good way. Why has this ambitious education reform effort become an economic engine in reverse for poor and working class families.

Young People Should Think Twice About Teach for America

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Randy Shaw: Instead of becoming a vital training incubator for young teachers committed to improving schools, TFA is just as likely to demoralize young people and turn them away from schools and activism.

‘A’ Is for Average

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Walter Brasch: Because of grade inflation, students avoid professors who believe the grade of “C” is the average grade and who set up standards that require students to do more than show up, read a couple of hundred pages, and answer a few questions.

Other People’s Children

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Mark Naison: School reform, as it is being implemented today, destabilizes poor communities and inflicts a regimen of test prep on the nation’s children which destroys their joy of learning but the policy makers are buffered from the consequences of the decisions they make for other people’s children.

Mad Science or School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In many American classrooms, black children are treated like ticking time bomb savages, shoved into special education classes, disproportionately suspended and expelled then warehoused in opportunity schools, juvenile jails and adult prisons.

Why Create a Teacher Oral History Project?

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Mark Naison: Our goal is to have teachers around the country to describe how they have experienced No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, and the policies stemming from them, in their professional lives.

Prison House of Textbook History: Remembering the Chicano Blowouts

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the march of great Western liberal democratic traditions there were no textbook portrayals of the homegrown activism in our own communities or link between the apartheid legacy of the past and its echoes in the present.

Has the War on Teachers Morphed Into a War on Children?

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Mark Naison: As I have become involved with an Opt Out movement in New York State that has inspired thousands of families to demand that their children be allowed to sit out state tests, I have become even more appalled by what current school policies are doing to children.

Kentucky Students: Ditch Mitch as Graduation Speaker

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Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell headlining Murray State’s graduation might be less egregious if he hadn’t made his entire political career flipping students the bird.

From School to Prison

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Anthony Samad: This new public discourse around the “school to prison pipeline” is not new at all. It was a predictable outcome of social control planning where the prison industrial complex started forecasting how many prison beds would be needed based on fourth grade test scores two decades ago.

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