Today is Emancipation Day, a good time to consider what Opt Out could really mean

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! - Marcus Garvey If you didn’t know, today is officially Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., a holiday celebrating the end of legal slavery in the nation’s capital. For all of us edu-fighters, reformers, activists, liberationists, and people who talk about education as the …

The progressive addiction to educational bullshit

You’re at a dinner party and the topic of education comes up. Everyone near you is white, college educated, and has 2.5 children. They are on the vanguard of gentrification and appreciate cosmetic diversity. Over the past year they have made a contribution to either Hillary or Bernie. You know schools are complex and can’t …

Black lives can’t matter if black minds don’t

A recent report by The Education Trust – West, called Black Minds Matter, calls out the problem California is having with graduating black students who are ready for college or a career after high school. That organization’s executive director, Ryan Smith, writes in Ed Week about the issue: Among California’s many racial and ethnic groups, Black …

The ghosts in Minneapolis’ “progressive” machine

Last year Nekima Levy-Pounds told me that conditions in the Twin Cities were ripe for it to be another Ferguson. I disagreed. The people in power here control their people with a smug brand of I-know-what’s-best-for-you liberalism, and the people under their boot often seem too docile to resist. A year later, I’m proven wrong. For …

Occupiers in the hood

For the past week a determined mass of community activists have held down an encampment around Minneapolis’ 4th precinct police headquarters in protest of the officer involved shooting and killing of Jamar Clark, a black man who witnesses say was unarmed and handcuffed on the ground when he was shot. There is a dramatic contrast between the …