Everybody talks about student voice, but David Johns walks the talk

When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: he filled his administration with exceptional, but understated people. No one fits that description more than David Johns, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  In this great video done by Loudspeaker films Johns talks about …

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 …

White boys on blogs telling black men what to think about educating black people

  I’ll admit from the beginning that I write this out of deep frustration. I’m so over white people who want to lecture black people about what is best for us, especially when it comes to education. After 400 years of outlawing our education, and then another century of botching our education, can we safely …