History + Politics

Why Doesn’t the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Education?

Did you know that public education is not explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution?  Unlike the other countries to whom the…

Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders talk Brooklyn, Equity, and Education

Say what you want about film, politics, or Brooklyn, it’s refreshing to hear two famous people sitting down to talk…

Brown v. Board of Education, the Stamp

The US Postal Service commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a stamp.  The artwork is “The…

A Timeline of Racial Injustice in Education

This timeline from RaceForward does a solid job capturing some of the key moments in race and education in the…

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’ [via Hechinger Report]

“When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working,”…

What is the Purpose of Education? Noam Chomsky has Something to Say About That

It is one of the most important questions we can ask: What is the purpose of public education?  Education is…

Wrong Answer: In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice

This 2014 piece from the New Yorker tells the story of how a high-stakes accountability movement led to fraud and…

The Secrets of a Good Principal

Last year, the city’s Education Department put into effect its 32-variable equation that looks like a chemical configuration for rocket…

Emergency Teacher Warning of the 1940s

It’s hard to believe that a video like this was conceived, commissioned, produced, and watched.  But it was.  It’s also…

Proposed Texas textbook describes Mexican-Americans as ‘lazy,’ new coalition works to block it

A proposed Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students is written by authors with no expertise in Mexican-American studies,…

Teach Like a Champion, 1950s Version

The term “classroom management” irks many educators.  The two-word phrase ignores the heart and soul of teaching: it’s not about…

Montaigne’s “Of the Education of Children”

I never yet saw that father, but let his son be never so decrepit or deformed, would not, notwithstanding, own…

Democrats make education revisions to 2016 platform

In an unexpected move, Democrats have revised the K-12 education section of their party’s 2016 platform in important ways, backing…

Ed-Tech and the Commercialization of School

To reiterate, the problem isn’t simply that schools are spending billions of taxpayer dollars on technology. That is, the problem…

Train Teachers Like Doctors [via NYT]

AMERICA is facing a wave of teacher shortages that threatens our ability to deliver on the promise of quality education.…

A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift [via NYT]

While the idea was to foster academic competition, the unchecked growth of charters has created a glut of schools competing…
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