The State of Public Education; The State of Movements for Human Rights

As I announced yesterday, we are moving this blog to a new livelier format at Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  I want to take the opportunity of this last blog to share my sense of where Public Education and the movements for human rights in general, are going.


Our Vision for Democracy and Education and 6 Actions to Get There

As mentioned in previous blog posts we are moving this blog today to a new home:  Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  The new blog will host an active discussion format among the four of us -- Bryant, Saulo, Patrick and I.  Please join in on our conversations there.


Still Separate, Still Unequal

In this post I wish to share an insightful Vimeo presentation on the political and ideological reasons for the onslaught against public education by Brian Jones, a teacher in NYC who has been one of the leading voices against corporate charters and the attacks on teachers and their unions. I specify "corporate charter" to differentiate from the schools in NYC, like Central Park East, which are alternative schools within the public system. N Alexander wrote the text below. -- Saulo Colon Still Separate, Still Unequal: Structural Racism, Class Reproduction and The Attack on Public Education, with Teacher-Activist Brian Jones Public ...


Kids Mean Money

A for-profit company has succeeded in maneuvering the Cabarrus County, NC school board to create an online Charter School.  This is also happening in Pennsylvania and other parts of the county where corporations are taking public dollars to make profits using unsuccessful methods. 


Saying Goodbye to Education Week (Part 1)

Dear Readers, We will be moving this blog to a new home on July 10.  We are most likely going to move to DailyKos but, as we make this transition, I want your thoughts about: Where we should move; Our writing style. My goals in developing the Democracy and Education blog have been to: Make the connections between day-to-day issues in schools and larger systems thinking about economics and policy and find out what readers think about these connections; Let readers know what they can do to become systems change agents and solicit readers’ ideas; Develop a conversation and get ...


Will Common Core Standards Teach About the Struggles of Oppressed People?

Bryant Muldrew once again, asks some critical questions about what students are taught and equally important, what they are not taught in schools. As the Common Core are rolled out as the standard across the country and as teacher evaluations are being created, we need to keep Bryant's questions in mind and push back on the state that leaves out these pieces of the curriculum that are vital to the shaping of our democracy. -Greg Will Common Core Standards Teach about the Struggles of Oppressed People? Why aren’t students taught the intimate details of the on-going struggles of oppressed...


Yes, Schools Have an Alternative to Zero Tolerance

Students need to be in school to learn.  They have a right to an education--and a right to justice. 


Love and Hate in Social Movements

There are two major passions that can unify individuals or groups for a common goal. Commonly, people are bound together by a uniform hate towards someone, something, a group, or an idea. Conversely, love for someone, something, a group, or an idea can be a similar bond.


Bottom-up Organizing: Transformative movements Can Only be Realized with Authentic Grassroots Leadership

The extensive grassroots efforts leading to women's right to vote is a compelling portrayal of the fact that social change movements are like rivers with many tributaries. A dynamic, successful social movement is really the confluence of many movements--smaller, more local, narrower or different in focus.


NY Policymakers Cut High School Students' Opportunity to Go to College

Yesterday, Billy Easton wrote a great Op-ed in The New York Times discussing how Governor Cuomo and his allies are increasing the opportunity gap for many of the state's most disadvantaged students. Tragically, but unsurprisingly, brutal budget cuts have hit poor districts much worse than middle class and wealthy ones.


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