History + Politics

Charter School Critique Goes Viral

John Oliver holds no punches in this recent criticism.  The video quickly went viral, with ed reform critics sharing it…

Food for the Brain–Really

We don’t talk enough about nutrition in education.  I don’t mean nutrition curricula, which is also important.  I mean we…

If Finland Was a Teacher

I’m reading this fantastic book by Sam Abrams of Teachers College on private enterprise in education.  It prompted me to…

How Other Countries Word the Right to Education

In the U.S., education is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution, believe it or not.  Most other countries to…

Stop and Watch This History of US Education Flick

A few weeks ago, I came across this multi-part series by PBS on the history of U.S. education.  That’s right,…

What to Make of Rise in Test Scores? Top Ed Leaders Differ [via WNYC]

Test scores continue to be the main way we talk about education progress.  That’s a problem.  Talk to experts in…

Don’t Be Unseemly, Ladies. Men, Court Away.

I had heard before about unbelievable rules for teachers back in the day.  But I hadn’t seen them till now. (There’s…

Heartbreaking Glimpse Inside Detroit’s Schools

Detroit Public Schools have become a powerful cautionary tale for many in education.  The idea that a major school system…

Money Won’t Keep Teachers in Schools [via The Atlantic]

I have many friends and former students who are or have been classroom teachers.  It’s not usually the pay that…

Why science and engineering need to remind students of forgotten lessons from history [via the Conversation]

As a researcher and teacher in biomedical engineering, looking at the fundamental functions of the human body, I feel that…

Carlos’s Story Explains Why Ed Reform Cannot Focus on Academics Alone

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast presents a single story, with subtle twits and turns that reveal to listeners why equitable education demands…

Set To Stun [via HuffPo]

Children are being Tasered by school-based police officers. No one knows how often it’s happening or what impact it’s having…

Which countries must do more to help children who fall behind at school? [via The Conversation]

Many of the world’s leading economies can do more to help struggling teenagers to get a better level of education…

Desegregating Baltimore City Schools

Hear about the complexity of desegregating Baltimore schools in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education from the people…

The Fifth-Graders Who Put Mexican Repatriation Back Into History Books [via YES Magazine]

Love it. Inquiry-driven, project-based, real-world. Leslie Hiatt’s fifth-graders are no strangers to politics. Seeking to empower children as agents of…

Common Core Regrets? [via NYTimes]

In response to Diane Ravitch’s opinion piece in the Times recently, readers offered their take on testing, the state of public…
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