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'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

Educator George E. Leonard's Phenomenal Results in New York City: Could The National Stage Be Next?

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Akoshia Yoba

There is a bright spot on the horizon--a leader in education who through his innovative and effective approach to teaching students in the inner cities, has proven himself to be astonishingly disruptive to the status quo in the best of ways. His name is George E. Leonard.

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

Christopher Emdin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

This cycle of dysfunction is a reality for educators across the country, and is part of the reason why achievement gaps exist, dropout rates remain high, and teacher retention is a perpetual issue. I describe five approaches that have a proven record of being successful in the many schools.

Tired of the Violence

Larry Strauss | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

Gun control. Self-control. Lack of parental control. There is a lot to say about senseless killing -- and there is very little other kind of killing on the streets of South Los Angeles and many other communities.

A Very Special Gift

Elissa Kravetz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Elissa Kravetz

They've lived challenging lives and they made it through. And this is why they are Rockstars.

Open-Source Capitalism and the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Hope Bryant

The real vision, mission and purpose for the 2nd annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit was actually quite simple -- to break the traditional cyc...

Thugged Out, But Not Dumb

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

This is not a lost generation, just a generation that is a bit lost. We can find America's future, just as soon as we help these young people to find themselves.

Let's Show Respect for Inner City Students

John Thompson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

School "reform" is only one of the indignities that my kids face. The high-stakes testing that is driving meaningful instruction out of the urban classrooms is just one cross that my kids must carry.

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.

Why I Support School Choice

Michael McShane | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Michael McShane

What choice does is establish the conditions under which change can happen. It frees families from an intransigent bureaucracy that has failed to meet their needs for decades.

Dr. King's Legacy Lives on in Atlanta: The Story of C.J. Stewart and L.E.A.D.

Alicia Jessop | Posted 03.22.2013 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

Forty five years after Dr. King's life was taken on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, his dream lives on. His dream lives on because of the work of people like C.J. Stewart, who find enough burden in their heart to dedicate their lives to improving those of others.

Ain't Misbehavin'

Randy Miller | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education
Randy Miller

When it comes to Black and Latino kids in urban schools, educators need to ask themselves an honest question: do you care more about academic performance of students or student behavior?

Stewart Talks Inner City Students: 'I Give You All The Respect In The World'

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

IS 318's class president found himself in "a huge fiscal crisis" when the Brooklyn school's principal announced $1 million in cuts that would threaten...

Journeys With a Daoist in the Business World

Keith Weigelt | Posted 07.23.2012 | College
Keith Weigelt

Teaching in a business school offers insights into the value of information: how knowledge creates opportunities and, when combined with capital, generates wealth.

Transforming Troubled Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Robert Koehler

Restorative practices is a movement slowly transforming troubled schools and troubled communities around the globe -- a movement replacing zero tolerance and other punishment-based and wildly ineffective practices that increase people's feelings of separation and alienation from one another.

Jason Linkins

Journalist: 'Poor Black Kids' Should Work Harder To Escape Poverty | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.14.2011 | Media

Did you ever stop to wonder what life would be like for you if you were a poor black kid? Here's a hint: you probably wouldn't be allowed to write abo...

If I Were a Middle Aged White Man

Louis Peitzman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Louis Peitzman

If I were a middle aged white man, I wouldn't write articles called "If I Were a Poor Black Kid" for Forbes. With a title like that, it wouldn't matter what points I was making.

Question Authority, Students; Show Them How, Teachers

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.07.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

The lockdown model of education with oppressive rules and blindly inflexible enforcement is a failure. Let's find a way to replace punishment with inspiration, dispassionate control with tough love.

Too Important to Fail

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.12.2011 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-12-tavistavistavis.jpgBehind every education statistic is a boy with hopes and dreams and abilities that may not show up in standardized testing.

Curtis M. Wong

Encouraging Inner City Teens To Be Politically Active | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.24.2011 | Impact

A passion for both activism and global affairs came naturally to Scott Warren, who lived throughout Latin America and Africa growing up. Finding like-...

How and Why Urban Schools Fail to Engage Parents of Color

Patricia A. Ackerman | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education
Patricia A. Ackerman

Changed attitudes, values and behavior are the building blocks of empowerment. So, what needs to happen to fix our schools is not rocket science. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored.

Teachers In Tough Places

David Chura | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
David Chura

Thirty people in a room, all teachers in high school and GED programs in various prisons from across New York State, listening to me talk about teaching locked up kids.

Star Science Students Aren't too Cool for School

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 06.14.2011 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

In a world where education is the key to success in an ever more competitive global economy, STEM programs make it possible for students to see themselves as innovators and inventors.

Teachers, Let's Stop Blaming Parents

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

All parents ought to step up and take care of their children and teach them self-control and the value of education. But pointing blame at parents when students are not making progress in our classrooms is weak.

Waiting for "Superman"

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

This highly effective documentary is equal parts a tragedy, a desperate call to action, and an indictment of an expensive dysfunctional system.