Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.
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.
Steven Singer: Those advocating for TFA insist it’s somehow better to give a child an instructor who has a few weeks training versus someone with a 4-or-5-year degree and who has real life experience on the job!
Rudy Acuña: CSUN prides itself in being an Hispanic Serving Institution. It has gotten a lot of mileage from it. However, I have not seen the administration reaching out to students and fully informing them of the dangers of impaction.
Walter Brasch: This is not the 19th century when teachers didn’t need a college degree, were primarily female—they were often called “school marms”—and worked for low wages and near-nothing benefits.
Robert Reich: The candidate could also call for busting up Wall Street’s biggest banks and thereafter limiting their size; imposing jail sentences on top executives who break the law; cracking down on insider trading; and, for good measure, enacting a small tax on all financial transactions in order to reduce speculation.
Steven Singer: We can’t elect our way to sound education policy. It will take a massive popular movement of parents, teachers, students and people of conscience. Demands will be made. Protests will be staged. Revolutions may be waged.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: There is a clear rhetorical and legislative attack on the profession of teaching. The rhetoric we hear being driven by the corporate education agenda (which is the house of mostly white wealthy males) is a direct attack on a profession that is over 75% women.
Jamaal Bowman: Based on what I know, as they are currently constituted, charters,Teach For America, and yearly standardized testing are wrong for our high need communities.
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.
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?