Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: The self-proclaimed Progressives talk about “failing” schools, punishing children and teachers with testing, Common Core, school closures, the financing of the privatization agenda, and increased charters.
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: But tonight I wasn’t Mr. Singer, teacher extraordinaire. I was just a daddy. And Mommy was pulling my arm free from its socket trying to get us to the classroom on time.
Lawrence Wittner: As is the practice on other campuses, RPI employs a considerable number of adjunct faculty members―part-timers paid by the course, with pitiful salaries, no benefits, and no guarantee of employment beyond the semester in which they are teaching.
Mark Naison: The sense of power and agency that these high school students are gaining from participation in these protests should not be underestimated.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Why is it that the USDOE hates children with disabilities so much that it would pursue a regulation taking all of that away?
Sikivu Hutchinson: Our challenge as activist teachers and mentors is to keep pushing students to see that the system doesn’t want them to see these terrorist violations as the same.
Robert Reich: Education is no longer just a gateway into the American middle class. Getting a better education than almost everyone else is the gateway into the American elite.
Jim Rhodes: From the time of pre-school, Vietnamese children are taught that teachers are “second parents.” This is an integral part of the national psyche; to act or think otherwise is truly sacrilegious.
Steve Hochstadt: I do like to talk with students, to see their reaction to the information I give them and the questions I ask. I believe that my colleagues are far more effective at teaching information, concepts, and ways of thinking than any computer program.
Robert Reich: A college degree no longer guarantees a good job. The main reason it pays better than the job of someone without a degree is the latter’s wages are dropping.
Samantha Winslow: Hundreds of Los Angeles teachers have been put on leave and in limbo. It’s been called “teacher jail,” and it’s not far off from the “rubber rooms” New York City tabloids have made famous. In both places, the tactic is used to scapegoat teachers and unions.
Mark Naison: All too many charter schools see the communities they are located in as toxic and seek to insulate and to isolate children and families from their surroundings.
Rudy Acuña: When I learned that California State University Northridge was negotiating a deal with the University of Mexico (UNAM) on numerous occasions, I warned the administration that Mexico had a horrible human rights record and that signing such as agreement without voicing objections could come back to bite them in the ass, which has happened in the case of the 43 disappeared normalistas.