1967: Kenneth Clark Answers Questions on Plans for the Civil Rights Movement

From WNYC: “It is 1967, and Clark has just returned from a “secret meeting” of Martin Luther King, Whitney Young, and other black leaders that was held in Suffern, New York. Reporters are anxious to learn what was discussed in this attempt to “reinvigorate” the Civil Rights movement. Since it was an ostensibly secret meeting …

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 …

The Education War guide: As told through the best movie ever made

Let’s say you’re a civilian when it comes to the education wars. You hear people arguing in jargon-laden missives that sound like “blah-blah-common core-blah-test prep-blah-charter schools-blah-blah.” ‘ It can be noisy, so I want to help you understand the debate in the simplest way possible: using clips from The Wiz, the best movie ever made. …

Bumps and bruises for education in New Orleans

Two headlines coming out of New Orleans should disturb that city’s education guardians. The first headline, “Flagrant special ed violations, cover-up alleged at New Orleans charter Lagniappe,” involves a charter school that will be closing because evidence of cheating and fraud have surfaced. The second headline, “Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas charged in bribery …

Education crisis deniers need to check themselves

Nothing is more frustrating that those who deny the systemic hurt we do to each other and our world, especially when we have all the evidence necessary to know better. Yes, Earth is warming. Yes, vaccinations prevent measles. Yes, President Obama is an American citizen. Our public schools are failing. On that last point Derrell …