Why are struggles over Oakland schools’ budget and policies always in the news? Is it really because Oakland is irresponsible? Or has it actually been a 30-year struggle about the forcible installation of a state administration that spent $100 million dollars without accountability to Oakland residents?
Depending on whom you ask, cities in America are booming or cities in America are failing. But whether San Francisco or Detroit, or the many smaller cities around the country, urban areas are central to perpetuating the stark inequalities of our society—and yet are also sites of political ferment. William Goldsmith talks about the state … Continued
Historian Matthew Delmont discusses the controversy over school desegregation in the 1960s and 70s and how it was reduced by the media and politicians to the frame of “busing” students. He reflects on the political implications of turning civil rights and segregation in the North into the narrow issue of school transfers. Resources: Matthew F. … Continued
What’s the point of education? The prevailing wisdom today is that children need to be prepared for eventually joining the job market, and that an investment in schools is an investment in the future productivity of the country. But what would schooling look like if the value of education was not monetary, but something deeper, … Continued
Educators Jody Sokolower, Liza Gesuden, Candice Valenzuela and AJ Jennings discuss methods and opportunities for introducing conversations and curricula about sexism, patriarchy, intersectionality, gender identity and sexuality with kids from preschool to high school. The four women are all among the 50+ contributors to a new anthology from Rethinking Schools. The book and the interviews … Continued
U.S. troops will be going to Syria, while international talks look for a political solution to the civil war there. Reese Erlich just returned from the area. PLUS: President Obama says testing is a problem in U.S. schools! as a video of violence to a student goes viral. With host Kris Welch.