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April 13, 2011

Community-Oriented Teaching

Brooklyn middle school teacher Ariel Sacks reports on a meeting with fellow Bank Street College of Education alums addressing the topic of the future of teacher preparation. The one thing the group definitively agreed on, she says, was that teacher prep programs need to do a better job of helping pr...

March 03, 2011

Generations Clash on School Choice

A recently rejected Virginia bill to give tax breaks to businesses for funding poor students' tuition to private schools—and the larger issue of school choice—has the state's black community divided, reports the Washington Post. According to the paper, members of older generations remembe...

January 04, 2011

Teaching 'Huck Finn' Without the 'N' Word

In part to counteract its gradual disappearance from school reading lists, the publisher NewSouth Books plans to release a version of Mark Twain's Adventures Huckleberry Finn that eliminates the "n" word.

August 30, 2010

Neutralizing Students' Internalized Stereotypes

Grace Rubenstein of Edutopia writes on some remarkable research showing that periodically giving African-American students a chance to write about their personal values can significantly boost their performance across academic subjects.

August 09, 2010

What Color Are the Gifted?

Teachers at the prestigious Hunter College High School, a New York City public school, are fighting the school's administration over what they believe are discriminatory admissions policies.

August 09, 2010

Police Tase Georgia Teacher

A Georgia teacher called the police to report a prowler, and became the victim of police brutality.

August 03, 2010

Texas Teacher-Student Racial Gap Eyed

Experts worry that a lack of black and Hispanic teachers in Texas could hinder the achievement of minority students there.

June 17, 2010

A Painful Legacy: Government-Run Indian Boarding Schools

From the late 18th century through the 20th century, government-run Indian boarding schools attempted to assimilate and Christianize Indian children and, in the process, often left them feeling degraded and abused. But the United States is not the only country with this painful history. Education ...

June 02, 2010

The Origins of 'Acting White'

Ever wonder why exactly African-American students who do well in school are seen by some of their peers as "acting white" (as Michelle Obama among others has testified to)? According to Stuart Buck, an author and University of Arkansas doctoral candidate, the disparagement actually derives from the ...

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