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
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: 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.
Frank Fear: I don’t know what football will look like in ten years. But I do know things can’t stay as they are today. Players are at risk, especially young players. We must move beyond hyperbole and do what’s right.
Enrique Ochoa: Faculty are drawing a line in the sand to demonstrate to administrators that we will no longer tolerate policies that prioritize administration over students, staff, and faculty.
Marla and Allan Kilfoyle: We made, and continue to make, a very conscious decision not to allow our son to participate in a testing system that does not give his teachers any constructive feedback on his progress in a timely fashion.
Andrea London: Education serves as a feeding tube for so many young people; it’s how you save them from starving to death.
Andrea London: The days of sending your child to school with a snack has been upgraded to sending your kid to school with a tape recorder or even a video recorder.