Joe Mathews: While we Angelenos often take the place for granted—it’s our local UC and feels like it’s been around forever—UCLA is actually one of the world’s youngest elite universities.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Joe Mathews: As the state moves testing and homework online, parents are losing the battle against screen time.
Jeff Bryant: Despite the decades-long effort to privatize Milwaukee’s local school, recent events in that community have revealed how public school advocates can successfully fight back against the forces of privatization.
Sara Roos: There is no way that spending ungodly sums on persuasion and trickery is in the best interests of anyone but those with something to hide.
Tom Hall: In four weeks, we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and will lament how long the stony road stretches before us until that decision becomes more real than aspirational. The paths of the cases that combined to become Brown are as relevant today as they were in the early 50s.
Jeff Bryant: DeVos’ lame defense of the federal government’s charter school grant program before Congress should draw more scrutiny of the program rather than alleviate concerns.
Eric A. Gordon: Last weekend, during the Los Angeles Times-USC Festival of Books, a vast literary event which took place on campus, a Tent City at USC appeared on Jefferson Blvd. just outside the campus gates.
Sara Roos: Accepting money from charter ideologues despite a few early, high-profile give-backs, belies the claim that she is not charter-aligned.
W.J. Astore: Education is often a form of social control, or merely a means to an end, purely instrumental rather than inspirational. Zombie education.
Jessica Davison: Incorporating the right amount of technology and teacher-student one-on-one interaction can be extremely beneficial in early childhood.
Frank Fear: They’re tackling a seemingly insoluble matter—reparations for African Americans—and their solution (drum roll, please) is to bear the cost personally.
Jeff Bryant: Much like other teacher actions that have occurred across the nation, Sacramento teachers are demanding changes to their salaries, reduced class sizes, and increases in school support staff.
Jeff Bryant: Most of the wanton charter fraud we detailed in our report that ran rampant during the Duncan years is now simply continuing under DeVos, with little to no explanation of why this is allowed to occur.