We must face the black now

It’s February. You know what that means. Black history month. For 28 days we’ll revisit the anomalous legacy of African Americans. Our preferred versions of historic stories we will tell will be clean. PG-13 at very best. No blood. No gore. No blistering satire that pulls the pants down on a foolish nation. No power. Just… …

What black education lost with Brown v. Board

Also, read Dr. Siddle-Walker's paper "Organized Resistance and Black Educators' Quest for School Equality."

Organized Resistance and Black Educators Quest for School Equality

Conventional wisdom says “segregated” schools harm children of color and deny them access to the vast resources that put other students on track for productive lives. While there is plenty of research aimed at supporting school integration, there has been scant attention to what Dr. Vanessa Siddle-Walker, and Emory University professor, calls “second class integration.”

She also says we know too little about the successful practices of black educators in formerly segregated schools, and we should be advocating a reclaiming of [their] African American pedagogical model.

Report: black fathers defy “uninvolved” stereotype

Source: Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times Defying enduring stereotypes about black fatherhood, a federal survey of American parents shows that by most measures, black fathers who live with their children are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids — or more so. For instance, among fathers who lived with …

Finland is not for wimps

As the United States fights like divorcing parents over the education of its children, many point to Finland as the exemplar of child development. No tests, more play and recess, and less stress. It’s seems to be a national vision of education that deeply contrasts ours. Children there start school later, not earlier (they start …

How Dick and Jane Died

Sometimes you think you know an author, but you don’t. Take Theodore Geisel for example. In 1925 while a student at Dartmouth he was stripped of a position as editor at the college’s humor publication after he was caught drinking in his dorm. His response? He continued writing but copped a pen name. Dr. Seuss. …