As the debate between public charter and traditional neighborhood schools polarizes K-12 education, too many policymakers are succumbing to a false choice: either push for broad, fast charter expansion or double down on traditional schools.
At the end of the day, prejudice, bigotry and racism is taught by the adults in our lives. Children aren't born knowing to hate or misunderstand; it's fostered by parents, role models, and viewed situations.
Shekema Silveri teaches English at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, GA. She was Georgia's 2011 Milken Educator and is the founder of Silveri Service Learning Academy, a 6-12 charter school scheduled to open in the 2014 school year.
Marlyn and Kyle are certainly not alone. In fact, Georgia's record in terms of protecting the privacy of students who take the ASVAB test has gotten even worse over the years.
I was in the classes where students took pride in declaring all out war on subs, yet I stayed and worked past all of their efforts to get me to quit and always delivered my famous line "don't let this white hair fool you!"
Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?
In the current economic climate, university administrators must consider the long-term implications of their decisions. These decisions will greatly impact the future of these institutions and the quality of research and education they provide.
Parents must become more engaged in influencing and monitoring the substance of their children's education. All of us should be aware that what teachers teach, and how they teach it, is informed by their own perspectives, even in a math problem.
Third grade math is not normally the course where students are taught about beating slaves and dehumanizing labor, but two teachers at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Atlanta thought it was a perfectly normal integration.
To be the "finest teacher in the profession" one must have ongoing training beyond math, science or subject area. Schools, parents, and the public must demand more from the people who teach our children.
If, growing up, we find that "people like us" are demeaned and despised, what does that tell us about who we might become? That's why it's critical to use LGBT history to show what is possible.
When we think of solving complex problems, we normally turn to engineers. And higher education is facing some tough issues. So what if engineers tackled those problems?
Atlanta's cheating scandal encourages the mindset that Beverly Hall spent her entire career in urban schools trying to change -- that poor kids really can't be expected to learn and succeed.