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 …

The unmentionable oppression

On the sixth day of creation God empowered Eve and Adam with naming the animals. Hey, that flying thing, we’ll call that a bird. It’s an ancient lesson in the power of naming conventions, one political people and school reformers have learned well. As people who fight over education and how to define the education world, we …

No bougie breaks for the poor

In a previous post [“Atlanta, we have a problem”] I asked readers to consider the facts about the cheating scandal that led to criminal convictions for a network of Atlanta teachers and administrators. This post is part two of a three part look at the scandal. ********** We still don’t have the story right about Atlanta. We’re …

My students are nothing less than Superheroes

The common discourse about students of color is demoralizing and hostile to their humanity. Rather than celebrating their fullness, as we often do with other children, commentators have normalized a view that reduces living, breathing children to a stereotypical collection of their perceived deficiencies. In this guest blog post Lee-Ann Stephens wants us to change our frame. As an educator with …