Fighting Common Core Across the Political Spectrum

Fighting Common Core

Mark Naison: Industrial union organizers insisted, to their credit, that Black, Latino and Asian workers had to be included in any movement to achieve collective bargaining rights and respect at the workplace, and made that a central part of the organizing strategy.

Waking Up to Education Activism

Education Activism

Mark Naison: I am going to speak up, and speak out until the testing madness is pushed out of our public schools and until we built a school experience around what empowers and engages children and makes teachers want to remain in their jobs for life.

A New Model of School Reform

New Model of School Reform

Vicki Zakrzewski: Organizational psychology research has for many years shown that lasting change happens only if the individuals within the system are willing to transform their own beliefs and practices, from the ground up.

The Truth About Online Learning

online learning

Ana Beatriz Cholo: Studies have found that 90 percent of students who take such courses never complete them — and that most enrollees already have college degrees to begin with.

The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

Obama Administration Education Policies

Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Charter Schools: The Education Equivalent of Subprime Mortgages

Charter School Fad

Mark Naison: The Charter School Fad, which seems to have swept through major parties, is going to result in a very painful Day of Reckoning. Any industry given this kind of public subsidy, and this kind of freedom from regulation, is going to lead to extremely high levels of corruption.

Who Can Fill Henry Waxman’s Shoes?

Replacing Henry Waxman

Karen Wolfe: The biggest lesson of the day was that education advocates should make sure their questions get asked and answered. In an election with plenty of issues, we need to make sure education doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Campus Rape Reports Up, And That’s Not Entirely Bad

Campus Rape Reports

Tara Culp-Ressler: College administrators, who want to avoid cultivating a bad reputation as an unsafe school, are typically squeamish about the fact reforming their sexual assault policies can actually result in an initial uptick in rape reports. But it’s important to realize that this data can signal that students have the support systems they need.

Academe as a Plantation: A False Consciousness

Exploiting Part-Time Teachers

Rudy Acuña: In Chicana/o studies department some teach at two and three other campuses to eke out a living. The result is they parachute in and out of the university, and students in most cases do not get the benefit of office hours.

Reducing Tuition, Not Offering More Loans, Will Make College Affordable

Make College Affordable

Munir Moon: As things stand, only 27 cents of every higher-education dollar is spent on instruction, which is sort of like giving money to a stockbroker who takes out 73 cents of every dollar and investing only 27 cents.

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