Mark Naison: Education activist movements organized in resistance to excessive testing have not persuaded parents in poor communities and communities of color that test resistance speaks to their needs.
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.
Steven Singer: Some may shudder or sneer at the prospect of giving shelter to people in need, but that is the reality in our public schools. In the lives of many, many children we provide the only stability, the only safety, the only love they get all day.
Daun Kauffman: All alone with Danny, his mother now confided in him that his father was not “away”, but that he had been murdered. Confusion and grief tortured Danny .
ood news! Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just admitted there are significant problems with the nation’s charter schools! Bad news! She has no interest in solving them! In fact, she thinks charters are just great. Here’s Clinton criticizing charter schools: Most charter schools — I don’t want to say every one — but most charter […]
Berry Craig: Democratic candidate Jack Conway called the Kentucky governor’s election a race “between the mainstream and the extreme.” The extreme won.
Lawrence Wittner: This enormous hike in tuition has had a devastating impact upon educational opportunity. Unable to afford college, many young people never attend it or drop out along the way.
Mark Naison: If I were graduating from college today, there is no way someone with my personality and skills could imagine becoming a teacher, much less a professor.
Joshua Leibner: It is crucially important that Progressives fight hard for the pedagogy they believe in and call out Democrats who support the mainstream Republican education agenda.
Marla Kilfoyle: The veiled attempt by the Democrats this week, at both the federal and state level, to all of a sudden deem there is too much testing—too late! The damage to children, education, and teachers will take years to undo.
Brian Jones: Can a movement against state violence work with the executives of the state and against them at the same time? Can the privatization of public education serve the interests of Black children?
Mark Naison: In circumstances like these, where so many young people live with stress and danger and worry, you would think it would be national policy to make schools supportive and nurturing places.
Karen Wolfe: The School District will not win public confidence in the next superintendent by turning over the important community engagement process to a cheerleader for the very agenda they claim to be fighting against.
Steve Singer: Give someone a book, put them in a school, place them before a teacher and – POOF – they’ll be able to get one of the nonexistent well-paying jobs that – may I repeat – DON’T EXIST!