65 Years After Brown: We Are Doing Worse Than Ever

“Let me be clear: Black and Latino children do not need to sit next to white children in order to learn and achieve at the highest levels. The problem is that educational, material and financial resources follow white children.”   By Basir Mchawi        It’s official now. According to a new report, Harming Our […]Read More

The Trouble with The Common Core (Part II)

BY : THE EDITORS OF RETHINKING SCHOOLS The engine for this potential disaster, as it was for NCLB, will be the tests, in this case the “next generation” Common Core tests being developed by two federally funded, multistate consortia at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Although reasonable people, including many thoughtful educators […]Read More

The Trouble with the Common Core

BY THE EDITORS OF RETHINKING SCHOOLS It isn’t easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country. Although these “world-class” standards raise substantive questions about curriculum choices and […]Read More

A Collective Purpose for the Coming Year: “Unleashing The Genius

Reading, listening or watching the daily news, we are bombarded with the rampant violence occurring in our homes, neighborhoods and cities.  Interestingly enough, while perpetrators (some) are sought and prosecuted for their acts of violence, our government rewards young men and women for volunteering to go into other countries wielding weapons and unknown numbers of […]Read More

Retrieving Parent Power

While the media gives readers and viewers news flashes daily, it’s rare that we get more than a name, location and date of the incidents.  The Children’s Defense Fund’s statistics are gathered and presented in a way that arouses attention and a call to action.  Visit www.childrensdefense.org to access statistics on children state by state. […]Read More

Power To Parents!!

For many years during and after slavery the first priority of African American parents was making sure their children stayed alive.  This gave rise to the attitudes that “Children should be seen and not heard” and “Spare the rod –     Spoil the child”. These survival practices are still being used today.  Having survived to some […]Read More

Revisiting Self-Esteem and Saving Our Children

Nelson Mandela has been a hero for many years, an example of one with an extremely high sense of self-esteem.     He has always been grounded in his life’s purpose; he has not shown anger about the past, including being imprisoned for 27 years.  He did not exhibit anger about apartheid, just a determination to end […]Read More

Much Parent Education Work To Be Done Re: Myth Of

By: S.E. Anderson Ed Activist Folks, Just a note to say that I attended our little counter charter school rally this morning. By “our” I mean the Coalition for Public Education. It appeared that no other progressive education activist group was in attendance to point out the fact that by law, charter schools are supposed […]Read More