yohuru williamsYohuru Williams is an author, Professor of History and Black Studies, and education activist.

High Stakes Testing’s Threat to Civil Liberties

High Stakes Testing

*+-Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.

Black Bodies and the Thin Blue Line

Broken Thin Blue Line

*+-Yolhuru Williams: Our nation can no longer afford to function as two societies, separate and unequal, deeply divided, and policed by the racially insensitive Thin Blue Line.

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Christie Berates Teachers

*+-Yohuru Williams: The image of Governor Christie sternly chastising a polite middle school teacher for asking a question, against the backdrop of a state wide investigation into fiscal mismanagement in education, made national headlines propelling Christie and Tomlinson into the national spotlight.

Teachers Wearing Hate on Their Sleeves

Teachers Support NYPD

*+-Yohuru Williams: Thankfully, many teachers took a very different approach, not only by encouraging dialogue, but organizing communities to meet the humanitarian needs of those affected.

Five Stages of Grief: Another Minority Teenager Gunned Down

Michael Brown Shooting

*+-Yohuru Williams: We should all be angry about the killing of Michael Brown and moved by love to shape a world where we do not merely claim to care about urban youth but actively work to protect them from the most pernicious dangers that haunt them daily – violence and poverty.

Making Whoopi: Missing the Point in the Tenure Debate

Whoopi Goldberg Tenure

*+-Yohuru Williams: Due to the erroneous understanding of tenure at the K-12 level and its conflation with what university professor earn—many persons such as Whoopi Goldberg have accepted the fallacious argument that tenure protects “bad teachers.”