Melissa Tomlinson: Fit, happy people had gained weight—heavy stress weight, not the kind from a few too many delicious meals—and the parking lot would empty the minute our contracted time hit the hour.
Yohuru Williams and Steven Singer: Once again those entrusted with the most important job of preparing the next generation through our system of public education are losing a public relations campaign that can’t or won’t distinguish truth from falsity.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.—Mahatma Gandhi early a year ago today, I joined an inspiring band of intrepid activists who made their way to the nation’s capital to protest the impact of high stakes testing and corporate education reform. We arrived with the genuine hope that a demonstration at […]
Mark Naison: All too many charter schools see the communities they are located in as toxic and seek to insulate and to isolate children and families from their surroundings.
Mark Naison: I asked for a two-year moratorium on all these policies — no more school closings, no more VAM, no more charter school creation — and a new effort by the US Department Education to have teachers voices have a primary role in shaping Department policy rather than business leaders.
Mark Naison: As The Badass Teachers Association celebrates its first year I’m utterly stunned by the phenomenal growth. I have never been part of any organization that has grown this fast.
Mark Naison: As I have become involved with an Opt Out movement in New York State that has inspired thousands of families to demand that their children be allowed to sit out state tests, I have become even more appalled by what current school policies are doing to children.