Leonard Isenberg: Only in the long-failed insular culture of LAUSD, that steadfastly refuses to go outside its own incestuous administrative short list comfort zone of “qualified” public education insiders, would a Ray Cortines even be considered.
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.
Frank McAlpin: Ms. Dawson’s class was not about memorizing and spitting back information on multiple choice tests. Her class was about building our reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.
Steve Hochstadt: U.S. history was white-washed. Public school textbooks used in Texas were emphatic about savage Indians and lazy Negroes.
Mark Naison: If our protest does not reach Sixties proportions, and “doesn’t bring the machine to a halt,” it quite simply won’t work.
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Mark Naison: We need a REAL anti-poverty program in the United States, not a program of universal testing to avoid dealing with poverty.
Lucianna M. Sanson and Lee-Ann P. Nolan: While these so-called ed-reformers would have us believe that Tennessee is making great gains in the testing arena, in actuality, we are making great gains FOR testing companies, Charter schools, and corporations, NOT our students.
Frank Fear: How about taking a page out of history? Let’s do in 2014 what happened in 1905: leaders take stock and make adjustments “for the good of the game” and—more importantly—for the good of American higher education.
Joseph Palermo: The student activists of Jefferson County show us that the younger generation can rise to the occasion and steer the world toward a better place than their parents and grandparents left for them.
Joe Mathews: The state’s lack of ambition will kill universal preschool before it starts.
Mark Naison: The pressure is working. They are feeling it. On Testing. On Charters. On Common Core. On Union Busting and Attacks on Tenure and Due Process.
Mark Naison: I refuse to give up the profession to the privatizers, the abusers, the people who destroying childhood and undermining what should be one of the best jobs in the society.
Lucianna Sanson: What might we accomplish as invested community stakeholders if our passion for our public schools was as strong as our passion for Football and Prayer?