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Inner City Education

Debating Amiri Baraka in the Urban Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
John Thompson

After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.

The Urban Teacher's Game Plan for Next Year

Randy Miller | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

I've been able to develop a few ways of getting the most out of my students. As you plan for the coming school year, I encourage you to try out some of these suggestions that helped me become a better teacher; I believe some of these will help you become a better teacher as well.

Always Listen to the Billionaire

John Thompson | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Eli Broad's Education Week Commentary "Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste" proves the dictum that a journal of record should never deny a billionaire the soap box he craves, even if he offers little of substance.

Why Inner City Kids Have A Natural Learning Advantage

Robert Sun | Posted 06.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Robert Sun

I am convinced that urban children, with their indomitable spirit and inexhaustible supply of grit, are the keys to uplifting and rebuilding our nation to its former glory.

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.