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March 19, 2014

Authors Lament Dearth of Black Characters in Children's Fiction

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.

January 02, 2014

Educator's Resolution: Enough With the 'Feel-Good' Teacher Movies

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

'Bluest Eye' Becomes Common-Core Flash Point

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

Close Reading and the 'I Have a Dream' Speech

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

Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

For teachers looking to bring this historical moment to the classroom, a number of organizations are providing resources.

March 28, 2013

The Transformative Power of a Classic Novel

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

Is Jonathan Kozol Too Gloomy?

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 again—reportedly in career-summation mode—at the devastating consequences of America's failure to provide equitable educational opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

June 15, 2012

Study: Black Students Don't Achieve More With Black Teachers

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

Study: Teachers Judge Work by Minority Students Less Critically

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

Recognizing Differences Between Black and Hispanic Students

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...

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