Mark Naison: Being “white” was once a central feature of being American. Those who were able to become “white” had the fullest range of political rights and economic opportunities the rapidly expanding nation had to offer.
Mark Naison: After five years, you look around and you are a stranger where you once felt at home. None of the people who worked to bring back the neighborhood from crime and violence and disinvestment are still there
Mark Naison: But rather than creating unity among America’s diverse racial and cultural groups, this decline in living standards seems to have increased tensions.
Mark Naison: If I were graduating from college today, there is no way someone with my personality and skills could imagine becoming a teacher, much less a professor.
Mark Naison: In circumstances like these, where so many young people live with stress and danger and worry, you would think it would be national policy to make schools supportive and nurturing places.
Mark Naison: By the time of Barack Obama’s second term in office, community-centered pedagogy was so out of favor that no local school board in any major city dared promote it.
Mark Naison: Is it in the national interest to conduct public policy in a way that renders a high proportion of young men of color unemployable?
hen 168 schools were closed in New York City, and more than fifty in Chicago and Philadelphia? When New Orleans became an all-charter district? When recess became test prep in high poverty schools throughout the nation and arts, music, and sports were pushed aside? When school libraries were closed or became places where students took […]
Mark Naison: What is going on in heavily TFA dominated charter schools is something straight out of Charles Dickens, and it is spreading to public schools following the charter model who work in fear of being shut down.
Mark Naison: Asking young people to go through entire days sitting in their chairs, devoid of any regular physical outlet, is to ask them to do something entirely unnatural for any human being, much less a child.
Mark Naison: What makes “whiteness” a legitimate field of study is that throughout American history, huge advantages were given to people who were defined as “white”- but the definitions of who was “white” changed over time
Mark Naison: It’s time to pull the mask away and see the corruption that lies at the heart of dominant School Policies whether they are pushed by Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rahm Emmanuel, or Barack Obama.
Mark Naison: The U.S. Department of Education and its short-sighted cheerleaders among civil rights groups are actually hastening the development of more of a two-tier education system than we already have.