Walter Brasch: Twenty-two states have filed suits in federal courts to block a federal government regulation requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms of whichever sex they identify with.
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.
Marla Kilfoyle: The sad reality is that the word “differentiated instruction” has been co-opted by corporate education reformers to mean, “stick a student in front of a computer all day long and let the teacher act as the facilitator.”
Robert Koehler: The Pentagon comes in like a cammy-clad Santa, bringing money and discipline. In return it gets young minds to shape, to (I fear) possess: to turn into the next generation of soldiers, available for the coming wars.
Charter Schools Failing — This weeklong series is based on extensive interviews with education experts, community advocates, parents, teachers and elected officials on both sides of the escalating controversy over charter schools.
Joseph Palermo: Kristof reveals in these two pieces a lack of understanding or critical analysis of what he’s writing about, which is the worst quality a professional op-ed writer can ever display. Liberal Intolerance
Steven Singer: I love all of my kids and try to relate to them. But I’d be fooling myself if I thought my culture and complexion didn’t sometimes stand between us. More Black Teachers Needed
Marla Kilfoyle: I am a teacher, I have taught for 29 years, and I have watched the slow destruction of a profession that I cherish.
Robert Nelson: Some might argue that tuition free higher education was gutted by short-sighted public university administrators of the 1960s who could not pass up cheap loan money. Others point to the avarice and greed of our under-regulated banks. Free College Tuition Plan
Michael T. Hertz: Here’s another way to pay for free public education: require every U.S. citizen who turns 18 to spend one year working for his country.
Ellen Lubic: They call the schools “public” but the only thing public about them is that they are paid for by the American taxpayer public. Other than that, these charter schools have no oversight by real educators and education administrators
Natalie Davis: Children are listening and taking cues from what they see and hear reported in the mainstream media, which routinely give the lion’s share of their coverage—nearly $2 billion in free media attention so far—to Trump.
Wade Kyle: I find in my union a similar commitment to working for a more fair and just world. I can proudly say that UTLA has become one of the most socially progressive labor unions in the country.
Joe Mathews: Instead of a union, Clovis’ teachers and Buchanan formed a “faculty senate”—the goal was to have something worthy of a university—to give teachers more of a role in the governance of the district.