Blog Profile / Slate: Schooled

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Archived Since:July 14, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Texas Is Considering a Textbook That Blames Undocumented Immigrants for Crime and Drugs

The whole country seemed to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday night when far-right conspiracy-theorist-in-grandma’s-clothing Mary Lou “Obama Was a Gay Prostitute” Bruner lost her primary runoff for a seat on the scarily influential Texas State Board of Education. Show More Summary

This Woman Billed Detroit Schools a Small Fortune for Nonexistent Tutoring. Great Work If You Can Get It!

Detroit Public Schools can’t seem to get anything right. As if the system’s forever-looming bankruptcy, the black mold in its classrooms, and the constant sickouts by frustrated teachers weren’t bad enough, now just two months afterShow More Summary

This Big Standardized Test Company Just Gave Teachers Another Reason to Loathe It

By one measure, Pearson, the education company that owns the PARCC test, is having a banner week: A new study commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Education just found a strong correlation between a proficient score on the...Show More Summary

These Mississippi Schools Finally Must Desegregate—62 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, that “separate but equal” schools violated the Constitution. Sixty-two years later, after a federal court rejected alternate schemes proposed by the school district last week, the U.S. Show More Summary

The Next Fight Over Transgender Bathroom Policies Is Brewing in Fort Worth, Texas

Earlier this week, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for the resignation of the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, Kent Scribner, for the egregious offense of issuing an administrative policy that would allow...Show More Summary

D.C. Is Teaching Second-Graders How to Ride Bikes. Why Don’t All School Systems Do This?

In an age in which kindergarteners regularly sit for “high-stakes” tests, one system is taking steps to teach kids actually useful life skills that can’t be graded. Back in the fall, District of Columbia Public Schools announced a program—the first of its kind, but here's hoping not the last—to teach all second-graders how to ride a bike. Show More Summary

Watch a South Carolina School Board Meeting Erupt Into “Jesus Loves Me” After an Attendee Speaks Up for Transgender Rights

Some very strange shots were fired on Monday in a brewing transgender-bathroom war in Horry County, South Carolina, when a woman defending transgender rights at a school-board meeting was interrupted by a roughly 500-person chorus of...Show More Summary

Giving Poor Kids Free Meals at School Should Not Be Controversial. Tell That to Congressional Republicans!

Don’t most of us agree that providing school meals to kids who need them is an overwhelmingly good thing? After all, nutrition is essential to proper cognitive development. We can all get behind feeding the poorest kids in school, right? Sorry,...Show More Summary

Why Teachers With “Savior Complexes” Are Getting It All Wrong

Chris Emdin—an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and associate director of Columbia’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education—wants education policymakers to rethink how they go about trying to educate students of color. Show More Summary

The Extremist Likely Headed to Texas’ Influential School Board Thinks Pre-K Is Pro-Gay Propaganda

You have to give credit to Mary Lou Bruner, the probable newest member of the Texas State Board of Education come November: Her far-right-fringe worldview is nothing if not coherent. In an election season where front-runners can’t decide...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Finally Gave Us a Glimpse of the Education Debate We Need

Earlier this week, Long Island’s Newsday interviewed Hillary Clinton at length on a number of topics, including education. That’s something no newspaper has managed to do throughout either party’s primary, which has largely glossed over K–12 issues. Show More Summary

Schools Are Underserving Minority Communities, and Black and Latino Parents Have Noticed

Diversity isn’t just a hallmark of big cities anymore. The U.S. as a whole is rapidly becoming a majority-minority country, starting with our youngest citizens: Last summer, the U.S. Census Bureau published a report on the changing demographics...Show More Summary

These Detroit Parents Endure Insane Commutes Just to Get Their Kids to School

Remember that inspirational story from last year about the Detroit “walking man,” who reportedly trudged 21 miles to and from his factory job every day, a victim of his town’s poor job market and terrible public transportation infrastructure?...Show More Summary

Physical Education in American Schools Is Getting Lapped

Every week, it seems, we see another article about the greatness of Finland’s schools: sky-high test scores, no formal schooling until age 7 (when our kids are already taking their practice PARCCs), and a “mandatory 15-minute outdoor...Show More Summary

The Awkward Radicalization of the Chicago Teachers Union

Last Friday afternoon, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, was speaking before an audience of thousands. It was the headliner rally of Chicago’s “day of action,” a massive citywide protest that brought togetherShow More Summary

We’re Graduating More Students Than Ever, but Are They Prepared for Life After High School?

High-school graduation rates continue to tick upward, reaching a high of 82 percent in the 2013–2014 school year, though there’s plenty of reason to question what exactly is behind those record numbers. Are more kids finishing high school...Show More Summary

Diddy Is Opening a Charter School. When Did They Become a Hot Celebrity Accessory?

Are charter schools the new signature fragrance? On Monday, hip-hop and fashion impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs hopped on the bandwagon of celebrities who dabble in charter schools when he announced plans to help launch a new charter in his birthplace of Harlem. Show More Summary

No, Of Course You Can’t Judge Schools on Students’ “Grit.” We’re Still Trying.

When I first heard the word “grit” in education circles, I dismissed it as a catchy (and meaninglessly catch-all) optimization byword expensively cooked up by McKinsey associates—which is funny, because, as I’ve since learned, Angela...Show More Summary

Are Guns in Public Schools the Next Frontier for Our Firearm-Obsessed Nation?

Guns! We just can’t get enough of them. Bring them to bars, banks, churches, college campuses—and hey, why not elementary schools? There’s been a lot of talk this week about Georgia’s “guns everywhere” bill, which—despite the misgivings...Show More Summary

Why Is Teach for America Shedding So Many Staffers?

Last month, Teach for America celebrated its 25 th anniversary during a fanfare-filled “epic weekend” in D.C. that included a televised message from President Barack Obama. This month, we learn that the controversial teaching corps—which...Show More Summary

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