Category Archives: Schools and Politics

Why Do They Leave?

In the rain shadow of the Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, nestled below rugged peaks and ridges, and adjacent to the Straits of Juan de Fuca, sits the small city of Sequim. Continue reading

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The Immigrant Lesson: It’s About the Future

A lot can be learned from current immigrants to this corner of the earth. Continue reading

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The Two Headed Being in American Education

Ironically, charters have brought to scale and intensity ideas that arose out of research and inconsistent implementation in those nasty public schools. Continue reading

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Publics Versus Charters and the Student Underclass

The ideological brawl between charter and public school advocates obscures the truth that there is a substantial group of big city low income kids of color whose needs are not met by either camp. Continue reading

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Discipline and Students of Color: the Ecology of Student Experience

You are a student of color in a large American high school, perhaps also a recent immigrant. A friend of yours has run afoul a school code; let us say by talking disrespectfully, out of control, to a teacher. Continue reading

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Assault on Obamacare Imperils Low Income Students

The Congressional assault on Obamacare undercuts school reform by eliminating health care insurance for many low income students; healthy kids learn better. Continue reading

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I Am A Teachers’ Union Man (With An Asterisk)

Against a decline of unions in general, scant evidence exists for charges from free market types that teachers unions are a chief hindrance to school reform. But there is room for teachers’ unions to be more effective school change agents. Continue reading

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