Equity

The Little Rock 9 and Limits of Education

In 1957, nine students of color in Little Rock, Arkansas were escorted into schools by presidential order and under the…

That Time the Supreme Court Had to Make States Provide Equal Education to All

So, a little over six decades ago, in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools in the United States…

Those Are Bullet Holes in the Children’s School

This picture shows students in Iraq attending school, the bullet holes in the building a heartbreaking reminder of the risks…

You May Only Vote if You Can “Spell Backwards, Forwards”

Voting has never been a simple matter of casting a ballot.  For many Americans, local corruption meant that even when…

FDR on Educational Inequity in 1938. Could’ve Been Written Today.

When you read and listen to enough presidential speeches about education, it becomes unsurprising that American presidents tend to frame…

To The Gentleman at the Bar Who Did Not Believe Me When I Said Public Education is Not Mentioned in the US Constitution

Did you know that public education is not explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution?  Unlike the other countries to whom the…

And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

I used to do a project with my 9th grade English students where they’d rap literary critiques of Chaucer’s Canterbury…

Stop and Listen to James Baldwin on the Place of Writers and Artists. You’ll Be Better for It.

I first encountered James Baldwin in graduate school.  Too late, I think, but better than never at all.  His words…

Watch Kendrick Lamar Talk About his Composition Process

Different rappers have different composition processes.  Some proudly don’t write anything down (Jay-Z, for example) and others are always scribbling…

Neil deGrasse Tyson on How to Nurture Scientific Literacy. Curious?

Neil deGrasse Tyson often has something interesting to say about whatever question it is that is posed to him.  In…

Want to Teach Strong Writers? Start with their strengths.

I tend to roll my eyes when I see extraordinary stories of teachers reaching students.  Not because I have anything…

Why Education Reform Hasn’t Worked (in under 2 minutes). Go.

You’ve got to love it when really smart people who really know their stuff can drop knowledge on the spot.…

Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Textbook on “Colored Patriots of the American Revolution” that Should be Studied Today

In 1855, Harriet Beecher Stowe penned an introduction to Colored Patriots of the American Revolution by William C. Nell.  It’s…

What Busta, Jay-Z, and Biggie Rapping in the Cafeteria Teaches us about Education

In case there was ever a doubt as to just how much learning happens beyond classroom time, listen to this…

Improve Literacy Skills by Focusing on Speaking

I love this speaker series by AERA that features mini-lectures by education researchers.  In this video, Dr. Young-Suk Kim makes…

Libraries as Lifelines

Libraries are the other public education system.  In many ways, they have the potential to do things that public schools…
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