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. …

This American Hype

I fully realize that the world does not need one more podcast. Still, after spending a weekend in Hull, Massachusetts with my homie Justin Cohen this past March it seemed inevitable that we would take our meandering, incessant conversations to the next level. Which brings me to The Beard Brothers Dope Show episode #1 (I’ll let …

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 …