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Marc Jampole: Weapons of Math Destruction

Mathematical models for everything from marketing to perusing resumes are making inequality and discrimination against the poor and minorities worse.

June 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Bernie Sanders: A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education

Every human being has the fundamental right to a good education. On this 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, we are committed to creating an education system that works for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: Defunding Children — A National Crisis of the Soul

Our kids are struggling not because we’ve forgotten how to teach them or they’ve forgotten how to learn, but because the adults who run this society have largely decided that their collective future is not a priority.

April 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: For a public school teacher

Brian Rutter 1982 – 2017 Today, the day after you died, all I remember is our classroom next door to each other, rooms filled with chalk boards, bulletin   boards, and … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: In Praise of Teachers

At almost 74, of all the people in my life, it may be the teachers I remember most vividly. Mrs. Kelly, my first grade teacher (who began it all); my … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bernie Sanders: Fight for our Progressive Vision

As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind. First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Manifesto on Violence

We are being inundated by media and government condemnation of the “violence” committed in Ferguson in response to the Grand Jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for murdering Michael Brown. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Shakespeare in the Schools

I grew up with Shakespeare. Even the working class side of the family could quote his poetry and apply it to their lives. Reading Shakespeare created imaginative range and intellectual … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: The biggest tax swindle of them all

New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo has opened Pandora’s Box, and we would all be better off to finger the evils pouring out—if the press and the politicians had the … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sandra B. Lubarsky: Toward a Beauty-centric Education

The two statements I hear most often whenever I bring up the subject of beauty are “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “Beauty is only skin deep.” … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Told They Cannot Learn About Social Movements, Colorado Students Take To the Streets

Rightwing tries to ban history of “social strife” in the United States, so students teach them a lesson Hundreds of students from high schools across Colorado’s Jefferson County school district … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test

It’s not about me, says 59-year-old Susan Bowles, this is “about teachers all across the country who are fed up with testing and who can’t teach their students.” Risking her … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: A Teacher in Kabul

Zekerullah going to school in Bamiyan. (Photo via Kathy Kelly) Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: The Death of the American University

On hiring faculty off the tenure track That’s part of the business model. It’s the same as hiring temps in industry or what they call “associates” at Walmart, employees that … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · 5 Comments

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