Two prominent African-American children's book authors, and at least one language arts teacher, say the lack of black characters in recent children's literature has series implications for students' understanding of the world.
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Joshua John Macklin, a New York City middle school reading teacher, says it would be beneficial to those working for real improvement in schools if Americans made a collective New Year's resolution to desist from relying on feel-good teacher movies for their information about struggling schools
September 03, 2013
Toni Morrison's oft-taught novel about young black girl's struggles with self-worth and identify in 1940s Ohio has become a flash point for opponents of the common standards because of its occasionally graphic content.
August 28, 2013
A presentation expert uses a visual-display tool to analyze the shape and rhetorical patterns in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
August 22, 2013
For teachers looking to bring this historical moment to the classroom, a number of organizations are providing resources.
March 28, 2013
Chinua Achebe's most famous novel, Things Fall Apart, a trenchant exploration of colonialism and culture, has long been staple of of high school and college reading lists.
October 01, 2012
Jonathan Kozol, at age 76, has new book out entitled Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. In it, he looks yet againreportedly in career-summation modeat the devastating consequences of America's failure to provide equitable educational opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
June 15, 2012
The University of Houston has brought attention to a study that found there is no significant relationship between the academic achievement of African-American students and the percentage of African-American teachers in a particular school.
May 10, 2012
A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology finds that teachers may be less inclined to respond critically to work by minority students, thus creating a "positive feedback bias" that may contribute to racial achievement gaps. The study, covered in The Atlantic and The Huffington...
May 03, 2012
Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail and one of our former opinion bloggers, writes in a USA Today column that "we need to stop lumping blacks and Hispanics together" when talking about ways to improve educational outcomes for minority students. By many measures, urban school districts are ma...