education history

  • Indentured Students: Elizabeth Tandy Shermer on Student Debt (Monday, October 4)

    Elizabeth Tandy Shermer shows that Democrats and Republicans intentionally wanted to create a student loan industry instead of generously funding colleges and universities, which eventually left millions of Americans drowning in student debt. Zoom, Monday, Oct. 4, 4:00 PM EDT.

  • Black American Educators: New Laws Silence Us

    Historians of education and civil rights suggest that Black teachers may be justified in fearing that new content-based restrictions on teaching history may subject them to more disciplinary action than their white colleagues. 

  • If it Wasn't Clear, COVID Shows Teachers Don't Get "Summers Off"

    by Christine A. Ogrem

    School authorities have long sought to control teachers' use of summer time, while hiding behind the fiction of a 9-month employment contract. It's time to empower teachers to control that time for themselves and their schools. 

  • How Civil Rights Pioneer Bob Moses Changed Math Education

    "More than a decade after the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Moses realized that the next frontier was economic justice, and that fluency in math and science was the springboard for peoples of color and low-income whites to be full citizens, fully enfranchised—the civil rights issue of the 21st century."

  • Can School Discipline Be Fixed?

    by Campbell F. Scribner

    "One might reasonably ask, 'By what right do schools punish students in the first place?' Unfortunately, Americans have never really been able to answer that question."

  • Will Black Students Return to Schools After COVID?

    by Adam Laats

    There is reason to believe that the COVID crisis will push many Black parents to conclude that their local public schools are failing their children and to seek alternatives. In the past, similar movements have pointed the way to new models of education. 

  • What Is Critical Race Theory And Why Did Oklahoma Just Ban It?

    by Kathryn Schumaker

    Attacks on "critical race theory" in Oklahoma's legislature are part of a political effort to prevent discussion of the state's racist past – the legislature made CRT a culture war issue as the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre approaches. Here's why we need more, not less, of the ideas behind CRT.