Tara Culp-Ressler: College administrators, who want to avoid cultivating a bad reputation as an unsafe school, are typically squeamish about the fact reforming their sexual assault policies can actually result in an initial uptick in rape reports. But it’s important to realize that this data can signal that students have the support systems they need.
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.
Roshan Bliss: Students often find themselves with little to no substantive representation on campus, and in recent years, many have turned to building student unions
Rudy Acuña: In Chicana/o studies department some teach at two and three other campuses to eke out a living. The result is they parachute in and out of the university, and students in most cases do not get the benefit of office hours.
Munir Moon: As things stand, only 27 cents of every higher-education dollar is spent on instruction, which is sort of like giving money to a stockbroker who takes out 73 cents of every dollar and investing only 27 cents.
Rudy Acuña: What is happening to American public education should serve as a warning to Mexico and the rest of the world that “Made in America” does not mean quality.
Peter Dreier: PBS has nary a word to say about the big money that has been funding the attack on public schools and teachers unions.
Mark Naison: Common Core is different. Here is a federal education policy, a blueprint for national standards (which is really a national curriculum) that no grassroots movements, to my knowledge, have ever called for.
Diana Rubio: Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit.
Mark Naison: All over the nation, stories abound of classrooms becoming zones of extreme stress, with teachers and students displaying symptoms of anxiety, rage ,and depression in response to the new demands.
Robert Skeels: I’ve been tasked with establishing the UCLA chapter of SUPE. I need help. We’re looking for students who care deeply about public education and want to change the discourse about our schools.
Munir Moon: About 6.7 million of all student borrowers are delinquent on their payments by three months or longer. Compounding the problem is that student debt cannot be discharged through bankruptcies.
Vicki Zakrzewski: Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit—particularly when pressured by parents and teachers–dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?
Scot Nakagawa: The composition of our American citizenry will soon be mostly non-white, but white students aren’t, for the most part, being prepared for that future, making what’s happening on the whiter side of the color line in our schools something racial justice advocates should be concerned about.