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On November 17, 1968, the New York State Education Commissioner reasserted control over the Ocean Hill-Brownsville school district in Brooklyn, ending the strike by teachers that started when African-American activists fired white teachers in their schools in violation of the union contract. This fraught incident represented the difficult relationship between organized labor and other social […]

ITT Is No More

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On September 6, 2016

One of the Obama’s administration’s signature late achievements is going after for-profit colleges. Embattled for-profit college company ITT Educational Services, Inc. is officially shutti

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Ron Johnson has some ideas about history education. JOHNSON: We’ve got the internet ― you have so much information available. Why do you have to keep paying differently lecturers to teach the same course? You get one solid lecturer and put it up online and have everybody available to that knowledge for a whole lot […]
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Danielle Allen has a long essay on the attack on civic education by proponents of vocational education who think STEM fields are the only legitimate fields. There are of course an endless number of problems with STEM-only education. One of them is that it undermines political participation and an understanding of the world in which […]

Texas Education

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On May 12, 2016

I didn’t really mean this to be “pick on Texas” day, but don’t blame me, blame Texas. Remember those nice Texas history standards from a few years back that decided that slaver

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This is an excellent report on how hedge fund managers have been behind the charter school movement since the very beginning. Now they are buying school board seats by overwhelming cities with campaign donations that competitors who oppose charter schools can’t begin to match. From the very beginning, the hedge fund managers have seen Barack […]
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