History + Politics

Is Personalization the Key to Equitable and Just Education?

Jim Shelton heads what is poised to be one of the most influential organizations in education reform in the coming…

A history of CS Education…

What a worthwhile read in which a communications PhD candidate historicizes the current emphasis on computer science education. I don’t…

Exciting New Book on Big Data in Education

Very excited for my friend and colleague Dr. Ben Williamson. There is no one I can imagine better positioned to…

The New Yorker’s Piece on Success Academy

The New Yorker‘s recent story about the famed charter school network is getting a lot of attention. I am well…

Race, Class, and Test Scores: A Definitive Explanation

The data visualization and digital storytelling team over at the NY Times took the phenomenal work of Professor Sean Reardon…

President Trump on Education

Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about.  In recent decades, education has been framed as in a…

An Assemblyman’s Response to New York Education Reform

Under the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top initiative, states like New York opted to compete for federal money and…

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…

Andrew Cuomo on the Problem of the Word “Schools”

It’s easy to get frustrated with politicians who talk about education.  They tend to reduce the issues in education to…

How Did That Race to the Top End?

Race to the Top is the Obama Administration’s education reform initiative.  It overlapped with former President Bush’s No Child Left…

Revisiting How NCLB Was Framed

No Child Left Behind was the signature education initiative of George W. Bush’s presidential administration.  It was followed by the…

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…

How One Researcher Sums Up the Difference between Charter and Public Schools

Few topics in education stoke debate like charter schools.  Whether in the form of longform comedy bits like this one…

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…

Chris Rock on School, Jail, and the Everpresent Reality of Kicking Ass

We’ve all heard how important it is that what goes on in school complements “real life.”  (Just check out what…

George Carlin on Educational Woes

George Carlin had a way of making audiences laugh, think, and sigh all at once.  In this bit, the comedian takes…
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