Immigration

Why is English So Damn Hard to Learn? There are 3 Secrets to It.

English is really hard to learn. As the number of students who require support learning English continues to increase throughout…

Room7: the Consortium of Refugee Coding Schools I’m Helping Establish

For over a year, I have been quietly helping establish a consortium of about a dozen coding schools throughout Europe…

If You’ve Never Seen UNESCO’s Education Plan, You Really Should

UNESCO’s goal for education by 2030 might be summed up as, “Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning…

A Cartoonish Look at Urban Education in the 19th Century

Vouchers and school choice movements are not new.  Let’s see what history can teach us about them. Thomas Nast’s cartoons…

Nikole Hannah-Jones on How Schools Are Re-Segregating

It’s not enough to adopt new standards, to open new school models, to use technology, or even to pass laws.  American…

Eddie Izzard on the Wonders (and Laughs) of Bilingualism

Language isn’t just words, it’s social and cultural.  In education, teaching language (and through language) means taking time to understand…

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…

Speaking Academese

“I think you are probably confused about a lot of stuff. This is my second year of teaching.” He paused.…

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…

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…

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,…

Literacy and Immigration in 1916

Testing in schools can often sound simply a matter of objective measures.  But a closer look at history shows the…
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