Aboard the NOLA misery tour

Reading Andrea Gabor’s piece this weekend in the New York Times gave me the sick feeling that many opponents of school reform are actually rooting against kids. That may not be her intention, but her central idea that all of the work New Orleanians are doing to improve schools is actually harming children defies reason. If you’ve …

Education has no purpose but liberation

Howard Fuller is always good. People avoid following him in speaking rotations in forums and on panels because his deft ability to make the truth plain will demolish your fanciest talk. He’s just that deep. This was no less the case on a panel moderated by Andre Perry called “Race in Schools” at the Education …

Hope for the next black teachers of New Orleans

Spend five minutes asking people in New Orleans about the public schools and someone will reference the firing of 7,000 veteran black teachers immediately after Hurricane Katrina. It’s more than a sore spot. It’s an open wound and every touch on it is like salt and vinegar. I’ve heard the story told by people young and old. …

School reform opponents, please cut the S#%t.

Before the Storm and the Decision to Reform from Douglas Harris on Vimeo. At the outset I have to tell you I’ve lost my patience with people who purposefully divert attention from the strong gains New Orleanians are making in public education. Students, their parents, and their teachers are putting in the work and producing eye popping results …

Autonomy and speed in NOLA

By all accounts last year’s school enrollment season was hell for many parents in New Orleans. The shortcomings were celebrated by critics and described this way by the Times Picayune: New Orleans public school enrollment faltered badly Wednesday when hundreds of parents arrived at the lone resource center to sign up their children — only to be …