Arts + Letters
December 5, 2016
Rerouted the Pipeline? Now Rebuild the Schools.
Native Americans have the lowest graduation rate than any other demographic. Period. Their schools have been systematically neglected for decades.…
December 2, 2016
Teaching a 6-year-old the Meaning of Hate
It was 1960 when Ruby Bridges became a symbol for desegregation in the country. Following Brown v. Board of Education–the…
December 1, 2016
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…
November 30, 2016
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…
November 25, 2016
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…
November 15, 2016
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…
November 14, 2016
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…
November 11, 2016
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…
November 7, 2016
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…
November 4, 2016
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…
November 1, 2016
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…
October 31, 2016
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…
October 28, 2016
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…
October 26, 2016
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.…
October 21, 2016
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…
October 20, 2016
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…