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December 18, 2013

Professor: Why I Stopped Recruiting Minority Teaching Students

This post is by an anonymous guest blogger. A long-time reader and university professor, the author sent me this post to explain why so many minority teaching candidates are recruited to study education but never actually become certified teachers. One might say they are set up to fail.

December 11, 2013

It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools

Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which teachers rise up and take control of the leadership of their profession. Thanks to emerging national teacher voice organizations, we may be on the verge of an exciting new chapter in education reform.

October 23, 2013

Why All American Teachers Should Care About Chicago

This week marked the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day," the vaguely remembered 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott in which 250,000 black students stayed out of school to demand an equal, desegregated education. Today, Chicago and most major cities are still providing an unequal and very segregated public education to minority students. We will not solve this problem until educators and civic leaders begin an honest, solutions-oriented conversation about the root cause of the problem: institutionalized racism.

June 19, 2013

Teaching and Living in Chicago is Great ... in My Dreams

Things are getting chaotic in Chicago. As much as I love the city of my birth, I cannot recommend anyone relocating here—especially if you are a teacher.

May 29, 2013

Education Blogger Bans the 'Blame Game' in Chicago, the Whole Nation

Who's to blame for the crisis of education in Chicago? Read this post--you may be surprised.

October 17, 2012

Chicago Public Schools: Change We Can't Believe In

Change is hard, especially for the Chicago Public Schools. We have had five CEOs of the school system in the past four years. Arne Duncan. Ron Huberman. Terry Mazany. Jean-Claude Brizard. And now, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, or B3 as her nickname goes. At least we finally got a woman in the top spot!...

September 12, 2012

Honk If You Don't Support A Teacher Strike in Chicago

For the past three days my morning drive to work has become a bit awkward at two stop signs. As I inch closer to the intersections near two different schools, I am beckoned by a throng of teachers in red shirts holding picket signs, chanting, and banging on the metal guard rails that line the sidewa...

May 23, 2012

This Way Out: Few Options for Average Students

A friend I used to work with nine years ago recently contacted me in response to my post Amber Alert: Teenage Boy Mentally Kidnapped by Gangs. He wondered if the 20-year-old man in the post who was killed in an apparent gang shooting was the same student he had taught in 2004 when the deceased was ...

March 28, 2012

Out of Africa: Why It's Difficult To Recycle Education in Cameroon

I am staying in the port city of Douala, Cameroon, grand central station of the 18th Century, where kidnapped Africans took the dreadful voyage to the Americas to live out their lives as slaves—if they survived the Middle Passage at all. For the first time in my life, I journeyed to the M...

February 29, 2012

You Can Learn A Lot From A Brick (in Africa)

**This post was updated a few hours after publishing to reflect new information received via email from a missionary in Cameroon. They made all the bricks. The villagers squatted low and scooped up red earth in their hands, packed it into block molds, and left the muddy mix to harden in the hot Afr...

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