Leonard Isenberg: Might it just be that the problem never was the teachers, but rather an entrenched and incestuous bureaucracy, where questioning clearly failed policy continues to be something that can get you fired as an administrator.
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.
Murray Polner: “Unless we teach them peace, someone will teach them violence.”
Ana Beatriz Cholo: For many universities and colleges, both public and private, it’s their most embarrassing secret — paying educated professionals minimum wage salaries with no benefits.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Disproportionately targeted by zero tolerance discipline policies, black preschool and elementary school children have the highest rates of suspension and expulsion in the U.S.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: How do we stop the revolving door so that children will benefit from stability in their school and the support from adults that they have grown to trust?
Steven Singer: You’d never see them make jokes at the expense of our troops, but teachers are soldiers on the front line of the war on poverty.
Mark Naison: It’s time to pull the mask away and see the corruption that lies at the heart of dominant School Policies whether they are pushed by Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rahm Emmanuel, or Barack Obama.
Dr. Michael Flanagan: In the current world of education reform, where people who have never set foot in front of a classroom decide major policies and protocol, seniority and experience are derided. To real teachers, working in the trenches is a badge of honor.
Larry Wines: Subsidizing billionaire owners of professional sports franchises comprised of millionaire players often gets a free pass from slash-and-burn advocates of austerity.
Jen Bradley: Many in the ‘opt-out’ movement are dissatisfied with curriculum as preparation for testing, with school funding decisions based on student performance, and with the for-profit politics of assessment.
Steve Singer: Working in a poor school district like mine, you hear a lot about accountability. If administrators don’t enact this reform, or teachers don’t do that paperwork or students don’t score this high – they’ll close us down.
Frank Fear: The NCAA-Penn State settlement needs to be a wake-up call for change—big, meaningful change. But what are the odds of that happening, especially in the near future? It’s zero.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Not giving teachers results of students tests is like not allowing doctors to see results of tests they’ve run on their patients.