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
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.
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?
Mark Naison: When I hear that Hilary Clinton plans to close public schools throughout the nation whose performance is “below average,” I think of those Bronx teachers.
Jennifer Chou: State law requires any sexual health education provided in California public schools to be medically accurate, complete, and unbiased. Instruction that only teaches abstinence is strictly prohibited.
Steven Singer: The Every Student Succeeds Act does force each state to have academic standards of some kind, and it defines what those standards must look like. One interpretation of this is that they must look a lot like the Common Core.
Mark Naison: By the time of Barack Obama’s second term in office, community-centered pedagogy was so out of favor that no local school board in any major city dared promote it.