History + Politics

When “Slavery” Meets the Standard

This was the homework question: “Give 3 ‘good’ reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons. Make notes and then put…

You Can’t Follow the Money if You Can’t See the Books

Raise your hand if you have no idea 1) how much your local schools are funded by the state, 2)…

How to Gerrrymander School Districts: A Primer

School districts are not natural phenomena; they are political constructs. We don’t often use the term “gerrymandering” to refer to…

Not Sure What to Think About this Philosopher’s Rubric

The word rubric was originally used to refer to the annotations medieval church officials made in liturgy books in order…

Can’t Bot Me Love. Or Learning.

Data-loving education reformers, take note. The London Underground pulled this advertisement in which eHarmony claimed its algorithms helped people find…

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Are Private Schools Immoral?

This powerful interview by The Atlantic is well worth a read for anyone concerned about issues of race and public…

Inequities of Internet Access in the US in a GIF

Pew Research shared a fantastic interactive data visualization showing how internet access in the US breaks down by demographics.  I…

Is Personalization the Key to Equitable and Just Education?

Jim Shelton heads what is poised to be one of the most influential organizations in education reform in the coming…

A history of CS Education…

What a worthwhile read in which a communications PhD candidate historicizes the current emphasis on computer science education. I don’t…

Exciting New Book on Big Data in Education

Very excited for my friend and colleague Dr. Ben Williamson. There is no one I can imagine better positioned to…

The New Yorker’s Piece on Success Academy

The New Yorker‘s recent story about the famed charter school network is getting a lot of attention. I am well…

Race, Class, and Test Scores: A Definitive Explanation

The data visualization and digital storytelling team over at the NY Times took the phenomenal work of Professor Sean Reardon…

President Trump on Education

Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about.  In recent decades, education has been framed as in a…

An Assemblyman’s Response to New York Education Reform

Under the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top initiative, states like New York opted to compete for federal money and…

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…

Andrew Cuomo on the Problem of the Word “Schools”

It’s easy to get frustrated with politicians who talk about education.  They tend to reduce the issues in education to…
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