A timely read on how segregation is perpetuated in public education, even under the banner of equity. The New York City public-school system is 41 percent Latino, 27 percent black and 16 percent Asian. Three-quarters of all students are low-income. In 2014, the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, released a report showing that New York City public schools are among the most segregated in the country. Black and Latino children here…
Children who report high levels of exposure to violence (either as witness or victim) report the highest levels of depression, anger and anxiety. Our study with children in grades three to eight who witnessed someone being hit, slapped, or punched found that 12 percent of these children reported levels of anxiety that could require treatment. Similarly, six months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a survey of over 8,000 New York City students in…
Recent efforts to require ID cards for voters are sometimes compared to literacy requirements to vote. Framed as due diligence to ensure the integrity of democracy, such practices very thinly veil issues of prejudice with which we continue to struggle. Via Library of Congress.
Testing in schools can often sound simply a matter of objective measures. But a closer look at history shows the contrary, as in this 1916 cartoon. Via the Library of Congress.
A glimpse at famous authors’ report cards might raise new questions about what college and career readiness means. What an insightful read. Read it all at Open Culture.
What is the purpose of education? This question agitates scholars, teachers, statesmen, every group, in fact, of thoughtful men and women. The conventional answer is the acquisition of knowledge, the reading of books, and the learning of facts. Perhaps because there are so many books and the branches of knowledge in which we can learn facts are so multitudinous today, we begin to hear more frequently that the function of education is to give children…
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a lawsuit Thursday against New York City’s Department of Education. His office claimed the department engaged in “a pattern and practice of discrimination and retaliation,” in violation of Title VII. Source: Feds Sue NYC Schools for Inaction in Face of Discrimination Claims – WNYC
Dewey’s wife called this 1931 illustration of the great education philosopher a “cartoon.” Via NYPL Digital Commons.
The title of this 1867 illustration hints at how children with special needs were treated historically in schools. Via NYPL Digital Commons.
In this photo from 1938, children of color study in school in rural Missouri. Via NYPL Digital Collections.
Children of color learn to repair shoes in Howard Orphanage and Industrial School in the 1910s. Via NYPL Digital Collections.
If he could invent the lightbulb, surely he could reinvent education. In 1911, Thomas Edison set his sights on schools. Over the course of… Source: Not a Lightbulb: Uncovering Thomas Edison’s Greatest Lesson on Education — Medium
I. THE PACT Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan of cops and residents moved slowly through some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Newark. In the back sat the Democratic mayor, Cory Booker, and the Republican governor-elect of New Jersey, Chris Christie. They had become friendly almost a decade earlier, during Christie’s years as United States Attorney in Newark, and Booker had invited him to join one of…
A must-watch for any educator who needs a reminder of what is most important, this talk from 1998 builds off decades of Dr. Greene’s work on the arts and imagination in education. She philosophizes (accessibly and endearingly) the role of imagination and possibility in schools. Watch it all. And, if time permits, check out this interview with another philosopher, Martha Nussbaum, who explores the meaning of democratic education.
A growing number of minority parents and educators are joining the anti-testing movement. Source: Race and the Standardized Testing Wars – The New York Times