Yohuru Williams: In her bid to become UFT president, Jia Lee says she represents a large, but mostly silent body of teachers who remain frustrated with the union for not challenging damaging education polices.
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 and Melissa Tomlinson: Too much corporate interest has pushed its way into public education, preventing our nation from creating true solutions to poverty and inequity. Badass Teachers
Steve Hochstadt: How can the collective wisdom and work of the best educated people in American society be dismissed as unworthy of attention? The Republican answer: America’s professors advocate these ideas because we are both liberal and dishonest. Republicans Attack Higher Education
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The message was that Mexicans are dumb and we don’t give a damn what you think. At times, therefore, I acted like a rattler. CSUN Chicano Studies
Eric Avila: Few people question the formal study of indigenous, African, Latino or Asian peoples, but studying whiteness sparks a range of reactions, from open curiosity and interest, to derision and outright hostility. Whiteness in American History
Walter Brasch: Give the high school students in marching band a break—they already are physically fit and contributing every bit as much as varsity athletes who get waivers from taking PE.
Steven Singer: Is it really so surprising that poor schools can’t pay their bills? We force them to make ends meet by relying heavily on taxes from local residents – most of whom are dead broke!
Rosemary Jenkins: Parents, blinded perhaps by the good grades that many of their children receive, seem unaware of the trend away from the long-held and cherished tenets of public education.
Berry Craig: While the 10 teachers decry the CTA for being inherently “political,” they are helping further the overtly political agenda of a big-time, big-bucks union-busting outfit.
Yohuru Williams: Teachers, then and now, invoked the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the words of Martin Luther King to support a deeper investment in America’s public schools.
Bill Raden: The Friedrichs Supreme Court Case seeks to invalidate California’s agency shop law that requires all teachers in a union bargaining unit to pay “fair share” fees for collective bargaining.
Mitchell Robinson: Whenever I hear public officials and education policy decision makers suggest that closing schools is a legitimate strategy, I know that person is not serious about actually improving educational outcomes.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: So is expensive, mandated, inappropriate testing really about helping children when you threaten to withhold money from our most neediest children?