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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…

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.…

The Little Rock 9 and Limits of Education

In 1957, nine students of color in Little Rock, Arkansas were escorted into schools by presidential order and under the…

That Time the Supreme Court Had to Make States Provide Equal Education to All

So, a little over six decades ago, in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools in the United States…

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…

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…

Love the Teenager in Your Life? Know Their Brain.

When working with secondary education teachers, I often find myself reminding them that while teaching teenagers can be challenging on…

Teach Students to Steal–Just Like Great Writers

The brilliant John Cleese imparts his advice to young writers: steal if you have to!  In this clip from Big…

And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

I used to do a project with my 9th grade English students where they’d rap literary critiques of Chaucer’s Canterbury…

Let Monty Python Help You Teach Argumentative Writing

I first saw reference to this clip in the book They Say/I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein.  The…

“You gonna leave that idea stuck in your head forever? That sucks,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda to BX students

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, share his insights about creativity and writing with students at a Bronx high school.  The…

Watch Kendrick Lamar Talk About his Composition Process

Different rappers have different composition processes.  Some proudly don’t write anything down (Jay-Z, for example) and others are always scribbling…

Neil deGrasse Tyson on How to Nurture Scientific Literacy. Curious?

Neil deGrasse Tyson often has something interesting to say about whatever question it is that is posed to him.  In…

Want to Teach Strong Writers? Start with their strengths.

I tend to roll my eyes when I see extraordinary stories of teachers reaching students.  Not because I have anything…

Eminem on Writing, Rhyming, and English Class

Whether his name makes you wince or smile, Eminem has established himself in hip-hop and pop culture by linguistically out…

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.…
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