Tom Liam Lynch


Feds Sue NYC Schools for Inaction in Face of Discrimination Claims [via WNYC]

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a lawsuit Thursday against New York City’s Department of Education. His office claimed the department…

Matisse’s Sketch of John Dewey

Dewey’s wife called this 1931 illustration of the great education philosopher a “cartoon.” Via NYPL Digital Commons.

The Idiot School

The title of this 1867 illustration hints at how children with special needs were treated historically in schools.  Via NYPL…

Studying in School Near Farms

In this photo from 1938, children of color study in school in rural Missouri.  Via NYPL Digital Collections.

Learning How to Make and Repair Shoes

Children of color learn to repair shoes in Howard Orphanage and Industrial School in the 1910s. Via NYPL Digital Collections.
History + Politics

Not a Lightbulb: Uncovering Thomas Edison’s Greatest Lesson on Education [via Medium]

If he could invent the lightbulb, surely he could reinvent education. In 1911, Thomas Edison set his sights on schools.…

A Lesson on Philanthropy & Politics

I. THE PACT Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan of cops and residents…

Maxine Greene on Imagination

A must-watch for any educator who needs a reminder of what is most important, this talk from 1998 builds off…

Race and the Standardized Testing Wars | The New York Times

A growing number of minority parents and educators are joining the anti-testing movement. Source: Race and the Standardized Testing Wars…
History + Politics

Dewey’s “My Pedagogic Creed”

ARTICLE ONE. WHAT EDUCATION IS I believe that all education proceeds by the participation of the individual in the social…

Judge Sentences Teacher

Listen to the judge’s logic in this clip: it’s clear how he’s struggling to make sense of education reform, who…

Wynton Marsalis on Education

The great trumpeter talks beautifully about the problem of competition in education, the value of historical understanding, and why music…

JFK on Education

At Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963, John F. Kennedy shares the three obligations of the educated citizen.

Baldwin on Education

James Baldwin notes that in order to talk about education, we have to talk about the society in which it…
History + Politics

Medieval Roots of Student Loans | The Conversation

This system might sound like a pawn shop crossed with a secondhand book store. But the use of collateral meant…

…And Progressive Education for All? | The Nation

Progressive education cannot just be for the white, rich, and powerful. Bringing this education to the most vulnerable would require…