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To Fix STEM Crisis, Go Back to the Future

STEM Award Winner by The National Guard via Flickr   There is a STEM crisis in the United States. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 17th in science among the 65 countries participating in PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment. The STEM crisis is exacerbated by the […]

In the Nation that we so desperately want to invent, it would be impossible to predict with any reasonable degree of accuracy the life chances of two new born babies—one of European ancestry; one of African ancestry.  In that country, every citizen has an equal opportunity to strive, to achieve, and to grow. There are […]

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Fisher v. University of Texas is perhaps the most consequential case on the Supreme Court’s docket this year, and will determine whether the University  of Texas’ efforts to promote diversity and increase educational opportunity by considering an applicant’s race in the admissions process will be permitted to continue.   The Court’s decision could have wide-ranging […]

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Since when did working to obtain a safe and adequate education become a crime?  We have quickly adopted an educational system that is separate and unequal, as illustrated by three recent outrageous school-related news stories. Forget about fulfilling the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, which set the legal precedent for school desegregation; these […]

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In a story that shocked the conscience of many Americans, an Ohio mother of two was jailed and branded with a felony for enrolling her children in a higher performing suburban school district in which she did not reside.   For trying to provide her children a better education, a jury convicted Kelley Williams-Bolar of falsifying […]

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By José Luis Vilson This week, NYC public schools start classes, at least for a day until another four-day weekend starts and kids really start coming in to school next Monday. In my classes, I’ve usually had students labeled as ELLs (English Language Learners), and they’re one of the hottest sub-topics in education today. The confluence […]

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When things unsaid, say a lot

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By Monise Seward “Negroes have no control over their education and have little voice in their other affairs pertaining thereto…The education of the Negroes, then, the most important thing in the uplift, of the Negroes, is almost entirely in the hands of those who have enslaved them and now segregate them.” Carter G. Woodson, The […]

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The days of openly supporting the educational ambitions of students of color are gone.  More and more institutions of higher education continue to feel the threat of lawsuits and speculations of color consciousness if they uphold programs that specifically reach out to students of color.  Prior to the 1960’s these programs, scholarships, and opportunities were […]

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By Henry Der, New America Media, News Analysis The new freshman admission policy will take UC admissions in the wrong direction, and it will seriously affect minority applicants. Earlier this year on the recommendation of President Mark Yudof and the Academic Senate, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a new freshman admission policy. […]

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Congressman Chaka Fattah talks education

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Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) serves on the influential Appropriations Committee. He is also a devoted and passionate advocate for education and educational opportunities for all of the nation’s children. Congressman Fattah contends that one of the most persistent and pervasive injustices in our educational system is that poorer communities suffer from under-qualified teachers, substandard facilities […]

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