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Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America

While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.

May 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Baron Wormser: A Poetry Proposal

There is no shortage of poems and no shortage of strategies to deliver the poems. The failing lies in our wariness. It’s true: to embrace poetry is to embrace a degree of uncertainty. Yet what else is life?

May 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Saving our schools starts with spending less on the military

Public schools have become society’s safety nets, and they are suffering for it. Imagine if we invested in them rather than war.

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?

We’re living in a nation struggling to come to terms with the deadly repercussions of a social safety net gutted even before the virus reached our shores and decisions guided by the most self-interested kind of politics rather than the public good.

August 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Lisa Arrastia: Teaching Under Covid

We need a radical plan for the public, even though care for all shouldn’t be such a radical notion.

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Terry Blackhawk: A Poet in Every School

The Inside Out Literary Arts Program is in its fourth year at Detroit’s Marcus Garvey K-8 Academy and, thanks to a determined group of parent activists who obtained a grant from … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

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