by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on March 15, 2018
I worry less about Kim Jong-Un than I do Betsy DeVos. The North Korean dictator, for one, doesn't have dominion over the educational futures of nearly 51 million elementary and secondary students and countless more in college. Barring a nuclear attack, of course, the wealthy charter-school champion is poised to play a much larger role than Kim will in determining the future of United States. The sophomoric invective he directs at us pales in comparison to the utter disrespect that President Tr...
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by on February 8, 2018
On the first day of Black History Month, a Daily News story broke about a Bronx middle school teacher who taught a lesson on slavery in several classes by making Black students lie on the floor, and then stepping on their backs. The incident left students traumatized and the Department of Education allowed the teacher to return to the classroom, until a reporter exposed the story. Education advocates rally in front of city hall “Like many others, I am completely outraged to by the ac...
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by on February 26, 2018
The orderly rhythm of my life was thrown into a tsunami of sustained chaos this fall when I was attacked online by the far right. The hate began pouring through my Twitter account, my website and my Facebook page. Finally, a deluge came through two email accounts, where I got hundreds of repulsive messages every day for over a month. The vitriol was several fathoms beyond uncivil, including messages calling me a whore, a disgrace to my alma mater UT-Austin, a “Jewess,” fat, a moron and a c*n...
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by on April 11, 2018
Chandell Stone has started a dream business. Combining social good, exotic travel, and cultural exchange, Destination Teach is Stone’s answer to educational needs in developing countries, where most of the populations consist of people of color. Destination Teach sounds like a nonprofit, but Stone describes it as a social benefit corporation, which though it is for-profit, isn’t focused solely on profit-making but prioritizes its social mission. And although the word teach is right there i...
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by on February 10, 2018
For obstinate officials at Christ the King High School, a mind is a terrible thing to change. The parents of Malcolm Xavier Combs were rebuffed again Thursday by school administrators over their African-American son’s desire to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater. “I don’t understand it,” said Mychelle Combs, the mother of 17-year-old Malcolm, after a frustrating morning meeting with school president Michael Michel. “They are supposed to teach the students tolerance and t...
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by on February 2, 2018
For the students at Middle School 118 in the Bronx, it was an immersive lesson gone way too far. Teacher Patricia Cummings, is catching heat from students and parents after a social studies lesson she delivered about the middle passage—one that involved her stepping on her students’ backs. The New York Daily News reports that Cummings singled out black students in her class and had them lie on the floor in front of the classroom. A student, who declined to be identified, told the Da...
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by on March 14, 2018
Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, will stand up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Students in Silver Spring, Md., rallied for gun control legislation last month. Students around the country are expected to walk out of classes on Wednesday for similar demonstrations. The 17-minute protests unfolding at hundred...
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by on January 27, 2018
Police at the scene of the deadly shooting A journalist who went to the scene of a deadly US school shooting discovered the 15-year-old alleged attacker was her son, it is claimed. Two students were killed and 21 injured at the Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. The editor of the Marshall County Daily Online, Mary Garrison Minyard, had gone to the site following reports of gunshots, according to colleague Ann Beckett. Ms Beckett told the Courier Journal she went to ...
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by on March 15, 2018
They Were Born for This Moment Dahlia Lithwick’s take on the impact of teenagers from Parkland, Florida after yet another mass school shooting is a flawed Bob Dole read on the power of education. The most telling moment that this misreading of why America seems to embrace these teenagers comes here: Despite the gradual erosion of the arts and physical education in America’s public schools, the students of Stoneman Douglas have been the beneficiaries of the kind of 1950s-style public ...
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by on May 15, 2018
Fresh Times at Rehab High Aside from the students, there isn't much to suggest that this might be a classroom. It certainly doesn't look like one. Instead of in rows of desks, students sit at tables, on couches, or along padded benches that look like they came straight out of a restaurant. There are treadmills in a corner. It's quiet reading time, and a girl with crayon-colored hair pulls out a large blue book with Alcoholics Anonymous written in gold on the spine. This is Independence...
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by on March 2, 2018
An armed police officer should be assigned to every city public school, Assemblyman Ron Castorina -- flanked by civic and police union leaders -- announced at Tottenville High School on Thursday. "For far too long our schools have served as soft targets for potentially deranged individuals to come to our schools and cause havoc and even cause death to our children," said Castorina. "This bill is about protecting children." Referencing recent scares at Tottenville and Susan Wagner high sc...
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