History + Politics

History + Politics

Poet Drops Mic on School System

In this video, poet Prince Ea performs a lyrical indictment of the school system.  He makes some powerful points, to…
History + Politics

Pay Science and Math Teachers More? Maybe.

Some areas are K-12 teaching are harder to staff than others.  Just ask any school principal you know.  It’s really…
History + Politics

7 Holiday Advertisements for 19th Century Teachers That Will Make You Smile

Holidays are times to look back and reflect on all that is good in the world.  In between reading holiday…
Arts + Letters

Einstein’s Advice to His 11-year-old Son on Learning

Better than school, Einstein writes, is for a child to become engulfed in the joy of doing something he loves.…
Equity

Mike Rose on Education as Necessary and Insufficient

One of education’s greatest challenges is that there is no common definition as to its purpose.  Even the American Founders…
Equity

Why Is Educating Children in America So Hard?

Dr. Pedro Noguera offers these sagacious words: “We live in a country where those who know the most about education…
Equity

“I think they threw a book at a Negro student in a study hall”: What we might learn from the Clinton 12 (1956)

It’s been just sixty years since twelve students of color in Clinton, Tennessee were integrated into high school with their…
Higher Education

19th Century Philosopher Nails “Personalized” Learning Cold

Anyone who has worked in a university or school knows that tingly feeling one gets when the business needs of…
Charter Schools

Protecting Public Schools…from the Vatican?

As public education spread in 19th century cities, many feared that private interests were trying to undermine schools’ public purpose.  In particular, the…
Equity

UVA Law Professor Breaks Down School Desegregation and Why It’s About Way More than Schools

Watch Professor Risa Goluboff at UVA discuss Brown v. Board of Education in plain English. In particular, note how she argues…
Equity

What Alabama Teaches Us about the Complexity of State Control of Education

A colleague recently remarked to me that federally funded education reform had created a “pressure cooker” environment for teachers and…
Culture

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.…
Equity

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…
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…
Equity

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…
History + Politics

Ben Franklin Wanted a Useful and Ornamental Education for the Young

A quarter century before the thirteen colonies declared their independence, Ben Franklin printed a pamphlet (1749) in which he proposed…
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