During Rock and Roll’s takeoff years, no one living in the Bronx could have imagined that housing for more than 300,000 people could be abandoned and torched
Mark Naison: if the vast majority of Britons were not willing to make incredible sacrifices, the society would have collapsed and the government would have been forced to surrender to the Nazis.
Mark Naison: Although my classes require students to do a lot of reading and write long take-home exams and term papers, students perceive them as an adventure with an eccentric professor where you never know what is going to happen. How do you duplicate THAT online?
Mark Naison: The result was an event which moved many American observers, including TV commentators, to tears, in part because it stood in such contrast to the hatred and rage being spewed by the President and his defenders in the United States.
Mark Naison: Can you imagine Hitler and Mussolini spending a good portion of their week playing golf or watching Fox News? Or flying to a resort their owned every weekend?
Mark Naison: The percentage of Black teachers in US schools has gone down dramatically, test-based school closings have destabilized neighborhoods, teacher morale has plummeted, teacher shortages plague many states, and stress levels among the nation’s students have risen to dangerous levels.
Mark Naison: Almost immediately, students at the school responded to the catastrophe that befell them by organizing protests against the proliferation of assault weapons, demanding that policy makers do something to protect them.
Broward County Shooting — Mark Naison: There are tens of thousands of Nikolaus Cruz’s all over this country. Given easy access to automatic weapons, they are a massacre waiting to happen.
Mark Naison: By the time I was 10 or 11, I knew that though I loved music, sports was going to be my ticket to “success” that mysterious thing that everyone in my neighborhood said you were supposed to aspire to.
Mark Naison: At the root of this was the profoundly misguided notion that public school failure, was the primary reason for the rapid growth in racial and economic inequality in the United States in the last 40 years, and that “bad teachers” were the primary reason for “failing” schools.
Mark Naison: Never in my life have I felt more pressure to comfort, reassure and defend people who felt vulnerable, whether they were my students, my colleagues, or people I worked with in the Bronx community.
Mark Naison: In all my years of Fordham, I have rarely seen students challenge actions by the administration so forthrightly and effectively.
I quickly realized that Mr O’Reilly looked upon me, a liberal or left-wing professor, as “fresh meat”. I just as quickly resolved that I was not going to play along.