History + Politics

George Carlin on Educational Woes

George Carlin had a way of making audiences laugh, think, and sigh all at once.  In this bit, the comedian takes…

Become a Teacher by Mail (1888)

In just ten weeks, you too can become a teacher.  And by mail, no less!  Here’s an advertisement from a…

Why Comparing Countries’ Educational Performance Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You Think

Many other countries to which the U.S. compares itself are 1) much smaller and 2) more centralized.  The U.S. is…

So, About those International Test Comparisons

For sure, you have heard that the U.S. is way behind other industrialized nations based on international tests in literacy…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…
Close
Close