Dear Lord, stop these liberals from awfulizing my kids

More than two decades teaching in the hard scrabble Oakland public schools have taught Anthony Cody to view urban kids with pity. That’s my assessment after reading his recently recycled blog post that lathers readers in a wellspring of negative statistics and damning studies. When you’re done reading it the only logical conclusion is our children are so horribly battered that …

When will we get serious about black boys in public schools?

“How does it feel to be a problem?” – W.E.B. Dubois Last year when the verdict was read in the George Zimmerman trial I predicted there would be a swollen outcry, followed by a return to peaceful apathy. I had seen this routine before. An outrage occurs, the outrage machines hums on high, and then, …

Stop the pathologization of black students

The dominant school reform discourse believes black students are broken. It is the one point of agreement between liberals and conservatives as they debate questions of how to address the “problem.” My question: are poor children of color broken beings that need fixing, or are they precious souls trapped in a white hegemonic system of …