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.
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.
Daun Kauffman: She was one of the shortest, scrawniest children in our second grade classroom. Maybe 45 pounds with her coat on. Her tattered backpack seemed as big as she was. Somehow the tiniest children can hold the most energy, the most emotion, and somehow they manage to get the most compassion from me.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.—Mahatma Gandhi early a year ago today, I joined an inspiring band of intrepid activists who made their way to the nation’s capital to protest the impact of high stakes testing and corporate education reform. We arrived with the genuine hope that a demonstration at […]
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 […]