History + Politics

History + Politics

Good Education Inspires the Soul, says John Adams

Ten years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams penned a diary entry in which he briefly…
Equity

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…
Family

This 1950 Instructional Film on “Dining Together” Might Just Save Your Thanksgiving

I don’t know who made these films, but there are many of them online.  Called “instructional” or “educational” films, you can…
History + Politics

How Hamilton Nudged Washington on Education in 1796

As he composed his farewell address, President George Washington enlisted feedback from one Alexander Hamilton (before his Broadway fame, obviously).…
History + Politics

Let Sam Seaborn Remind Us All What Education is Worth

I once remarked to a friend that we might do well to require students to watch the entirety of West…
Assessment

Before You Write Off the Common Core Completely, Try Taking THIS 8th Grade Exam

When you talk with others about education, it’s not uncommon to hear them refer to the glory days of education…
Administrators

Teacher Suspended for Giving Birth to Child! (In 1913, but Still.)

Education is one of the fields that looks today a lot like it did a century ago.  (Though, I will…
History + Politics

A Perfect Picture of Where We’re At Post-Election–and Why Education is So Important.

Literacy is necessary to democracy.  As we’ve seen, literacy has been used to deny American the right to vote.  In…
Equity

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…
Equity

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…
Equity

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…
Curriculum

How Webster’s Spelling Book Sought to Unify a Nation

Webster’s famous spelling book (and later, his dictionary) was not what you probably think.  Noah Webster created such texts for use…
Arts + Letters

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…
Assessment

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.…
History + Politics

If Teachers Were Treated Like Professional Athletes…

When I first saw this skit I couldn’t stop laughing.  They were tears of sadness as much as they were…
Equity

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…
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