Marla Kilfoyle: The veiled attempt by the Democrats this week, at both the federal and state level, to all of a sudden deem there is too much testing—too late! The damage to children, education, and teachers will take years to undo.
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.
Brian Jones: Can a movement against state violence work with the executives of the state and against them at the same time? Can the privatization of public education serve the interests of Black children?
Mark Naison: In circumstances like these, where so many young people live with stress and danger and worry, you would think it would be national policy to make schools supportive and nurturing places.
Karen Wolfe: The School District will not win public confidence in the next superintendent by turning over the important community engagement process to a cheerleader for the very agenda they claim to be fighting against.
Steve Singer: Give someone a book, put them in a school, place them before a teacher and – POOF – they’ll be able to get one of the nonexistent well-paying jobs that – may I repeat – DON’T EXIST!
Walter Moss: David Brooks is right to bring up the subject of “Schools for Wisdom.” But it requires much more thought and discussion.
Gilda L. Ochoa: Integrating sexual health education into our schools’ formal curriculum is an important step in truly educating youth and unmasking misperceptions that have infiltrated our society.
Lauren Steiner: Education is not a business. It is a public institution which must not be privatized like so many other public institutions, services and resources have been in the neoliberal society we live in today.
Steven Singer: Progressives have been howling against Obama’s test-and-punish education policies since early in his first term. And now when this liberal lion has an opportunity to show what he’s learned, to demonstrate that he’s taking our concerns seriously, his response is a middle finger salute.
RJ Eskow: The differences between the college financing plans offered by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are important – both for their impact on the middle class, and for what they tell us about the candidates and their governing philosophies.
Joseph Palermo: Mario Savio’s famous analogy of the University as a factory where the administrators are the bosses, the faculty the workers, and the students the raw material has nearly been realized at the CSU.
Leonard Isenberg: The willingness of minority leadership to sell out the inherent intelligence of Black and Latino children to assure that they never reach their potential is both deplorable and at the same time a negation of racism.
Marcy Winograd: If the University of California can censor debate on Israel by threatening critics with expulsion, what is to stop the university from restricting all political debate?