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Viva Mexico! Vivan Los Maestros!
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City While President Enrique Peña Nieto gave the annual Viva Mexico! from the National Palace Sunday night, alternative “cries of independence” rang out around the country, not least at the capital’s Revolution Monument where striking public ...
Mexican Teachers Hit the Streets
PAUL IMISON
The first nine months of the Enrique Peña Nieto administration have been a cleverly-orchestrated exercise in media manipulation. But you can’t really ignore 20,000 pissed-off teachers dragging monstrous Mexico City to a halt. As the Institutional Revolutionary Party (P...
Florida’s Most Vulturous Voucher Program
MICHELLE RENEE MATISONS
For more than a decade, Florida has cultivated the largest and fastest growing school voucher program in the U.S.—shamefully targeting students with disabilities. Florida is better known for its dutiful implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but the state’s Mc...
Kids Have No Seat at This Table
FRANKLIN STRIER
“It must not for a moment be forgotten that the core of any social plan must be the child.” -President Franklin Roosevelt, 1934. “There are three things I like about Italian ships. First, ...
Obama Disses Digital Promise to U.S. Kids
DAVID ROSEN
President Obama recently began a new economic offensive, a wake-up call about the Great Recession’s sputtering recovery and, in particular, the growing inequality among Americans.  As with his comments foll...
Teenagers vs. Billionaires
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Santiago, Chile. “What day is it, Wednesday? Thursday?” asked Moises Paredes as his eyes drooped nearly shut.  Paredes, 18-years old, the national spokesman for a collective of Chilean high school students, is exhausted. On Wednesday Paredes helped ...
When Education is a Business
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
To what extent is education corrupted when it becomes intertwined with profit-making businesses? This question becomes increasingly relevant as corporations move into key roles at American universities. In late June of this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuom...
Corporate Welfare or Education?
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
“Who needs the Cayman Islands?” That’s how a May 22 ...
A Victory for Secular Education in Italy
TOM GILL
On May 26-27, Italy was focused on local elections in the capital Rome and other parts of the country. But in the northern, traditionally ‘red’ city of Bologna, a different popular vote was being held: a referendum to end a policy that has seen ever more scar...
The Predatory Pedagogy of On-Line Education
BRIAN MCKENNA
“A lot of education institutions . . . has [sic] bad monkeys in ‘em” Josh Coates, CEO of Instructure, (maker of the popular educational program Canvas) at the 2012 Investor Conference More students are logging in. More teachers are check...
Criminalizing Childhood
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Beware of punishing wrongfully. — The Teaching for Merikare, c. 2135 B.C. “We have to be darn careful not to put any children into the juvenile-justice system who don’t need intensive rehabilitation.”  Those were ...
The Language Wars of France
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. A single market, a single currency, a single language? The doors and bridges shown on Euro notes already reflect the fluid nature of deals between businessmen with no home and no history. So should students be free to cross borders, using English a...
A Big Win for Seattle Teachers
DYLAN MURPHY
On Monday, May 13, Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced that “High schools may opt out of MAP [Measures of Academic Progress Test] in 2013-14.” This announcement was greeted with spontaneous celebrations by teachers and students at Garfield High ...
A Dispatch From The Toughest Slums on Earth
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Nairobi They tell you ‘peace’, but you know you are living in a warzone. You know it from the start; you’ve sensed it ever since you were a very little boy or a girl. You wake up ev...
Don’t Mess with Meskins
RODOLFO ACUÑA
In West Texas, during the struggles to desegregate the schools in the later part of the 1960s, I listened to attorney Mark Smith caution a small audience that, “You may not like Meskins, but the Constitution gives them the right to equal access to schools. Things have c...
At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer
LAWRENCE WITTNER
Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case. According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 35 priva...
Atlanta’s Pitiful Hypocrisy
DAVID MACARAY
By now most of us have heard the gruesome details of how Atlanta’s elementary and middle school teachers (and principals) conspired to falsify the scores on state proficiency tests.  The investigation not only implicated teachers and administrators, it reached all the ...
The Decline of Critical Thinking
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
In 2008 Rick Shenkman, the Editor-in-Chief of the History News Network, published a book entitled...
Education for Sale
MYLES B. HOENIG
Thanks to Chris Nielson for this title’s line and to the nearly dozens of other speakers on Thursday and this weekend who comprise the line up of activist educators in Washington, DC for the Occupy the Department of Education 2.0. This year’s show of force is sponsore...
Priced Out of Education
RODOLFO ACUNA
When I told my father that we were going to call ourselves “Chicanos”, he responded “Chicano, Chicano, those are the people that hang around the parks on Sundays.” I thought to myself, “that is exactly why we want the name.” My generation did not have dreams o...
A Curious New York Times Article on Teacher Evaluations
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
A recent New York Times article, “Curious Grade For Teachers: Nearly All Pass,” finds incredulous the idea that, “In Florida, 97 percent of teachers were deemed effective or highly effective in the most recent evaluations.” The author goes on to cite s...
The Brave New World of Online Education
BARRY LANDO
Paris. A few weeks ago, I decided to apply to go back to college–to one of the 20 top liberal arts colleges in America. It turned out to be deceptively simple: No SAT exams, no mammoth tuition fees, no huge student loans, no nail-biting wait to see i...
Detroit and the International War of the Rich on the Poor
RICH GIBSON
Every Detroit teacher was fired in the fall of 2012. Apparently, the nation did not notice. Hence, this story. On March 26, 2013, 78% of the voting members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a contract which DFT president, Keith Johnson, called, ...
The Corporate Buyout of America’s Public Schools
PETER RUGH
Boos and hisses fill the auditorium of Brooklyn Technical High as the governing board for New York City’s public schools, the Panel on Education Policy, takes the stage. It’s March 11 and the PEP is meeting to consider a proposal from Schools Chancellor Dennis...
Drenched in Debt
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
I wasn’t sure what to write about today. I wrestled back and forth with different topics, knowing I needed to write something but lacking the focus to really tackle any of the topics I would normally jump at.  Truth be told, I’ve been distracted. Hugely distr...