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.
Mark Naison: One great way to have police be more responsive and caring and knowledgeable in communities they patrol is to have them involved with neighborhood youth off the job.
Mark Naison: Police union leader joins charter maven Eva Moskowitz in trying to reverse result of last NYC mayoralty election.
Mark Naison: The sense of power and agency that these high school students are gaining from participation in these protests should not be underestimated.
Mark Naison: This smothering, stifling police presence is THEIR REALITY, something they deeply resent not only for the fear it inspires, but for the message it sends about what the rest of the city and the rest of the nation thinks of them
Mark Naison: All too many charter schools see the communities they are located in as toxic and seek to insulate and to isolate children and families from their surroundings.
Mark Naison: If our protest does not reach Sixties proportions, and “doesn’t bring the machine to a halt,” it quite simply won’t work.
Mark Naison: We need a REAL anti-poverty program in the United States, not a program of universal testing to avoid dealing with poverty.
Mark Naison: The pressure is working. They are feeling it. On Testing. On Charters. On Common Core. On Union Busting and Attacks on Tenure and Due Process.