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The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas.

California Has Become A Nationwide Leader In Better School Discipline Practices

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

California is leading the way in making sure that young kids don't get pushed out of school for minor misbehavior.  A new study out Monday from ...

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Here's an idea for the adults who oversee our public schools: Let's stop beating up schoolchildren, pepper-spraying them, tossing them out of the classroom, and jailing them for doing the normal things kids do.

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Sally Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."

The Week After the #SpringValleyHigh Incident: When a Student Won't Leave the Classroom

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Franchesca Warren

How could we get upset with students about electronic devices when we (teachers) did not follow proper etiquette while using them?

Students Protest Firing Of Spring Valley High School Officer

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices

Students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, left their classes on Friday to protest the firing of Ben Fields, a former resourc...

Disturbing Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What has happened to our national intelligence, not to mention our national values? In the era of cellphone accountability, our lack thereof has a new poster boy: Officer Slam. Throw the insolent kid across the floor, break her arm if necessary, slap her in cuffs.

Drop the Charges Against the Students in Spring Valley High School

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

We must engender a culture that recognizes the humanity of black girls rather than tolerating a society that uses violence and discrimination to obliterate them. Drop the charges against the children in Spring Valley High School, they have been unduly punished enough.

What the Video of the South Carolina School Incident Tells Us

Byron Garrett | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

As an officer of the law, this detective took an oath which he not only violated but soiled the very intention behind having school resource officers in the first place.

Is This What School Safety Looks Like? Because It's Terrifying.

Nicole Kief | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Nicole Kief

What reportedly happened in that Spring Valley classroom is a prime example of the consequences of having a routine police presence in schools.

Randi and Eva: Stop Suspending Our Babies!

Reggie Harris | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Reggie Harris

The best action that either of you can take for Black kids is to decide to stop suspending them now. Commit to the hard work of being creative in finding new restorative justice models. Support organizations that truly consist of the people that they are supposed to help.

The Assault At Spring Valley High Shows The School-To-Prison Pipeline In Action

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices

An incident this week in which a police officer was filmed roughly hurling a student to the ground is only one piece of a larger problem that disprop...

Arne Duncan's Proposal To Redirect Incarceration Funds To Education Is Right On The Money

Johanna Wald | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Johanna Wald

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to redirect $15 billion from correctional facilities toward increasing teachers' salaries in high poverty schools. It is both practical and eminently plausible. And with the right kind of leadership and advocacy, it might even become probable.

Building Positive Relationships to Break the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Alex M. Johnson

Fostering a positive learning environment requires investing time and resources. One important investment is a meaningful process for students, parents, educators, school staff, and others in the school community to shape and make decisions about school discipline based on the specific needs of their community.

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through Restorative Justice

Fania E. Davis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Fania E. Davis

Our schools are creating pipelines to violence and incarceration instead of pathways to opportunity and success. Once ensnared, it's hard to escape from the system; juvenile incarceration is the strongest predictor of adult incarceration.

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

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Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Education Secretary: Want To Save On Prisons? Spend More On Schools.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will add to the renewed focus on criminal justice reform with a speech Wednesday afternoon calling on state a...

Cultural Imperatives

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one is searching for a window of opportunity, hoping to ride a groundswell of support, or participating in an established grassroots movement, the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of its potential can never be underestimated.

Dear Ahmed Mohamed: I Know What You're Going Through

Kiera Wilmot | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Kiera Wilmot

I'm not worried about Ahmed's record because of all the support he has behind him. What I'm worried about is that he has three more years of high school -- three more years of hate and shade from students. Ahmed, if you're reading this, I want you to know that from this you can make a change.

Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children

Heather Hamel | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Hamel

It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.

Feeling the Bern: Sanders Is an Advocate for LGBTQ Issues

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

An intersectional look into the Sanders campaign's core issues undoubtedly sets him apart as an optimal candidate for the wellbeing of LGBTQ Americans. Despite stereotypes about affluence in the LGBTQ community, class issues disproportionately affect the demographic.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.

School May Be Starting, But That Doesn't Mean Parents Stop Teaching

Frida Berrigan | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I am in countdown mode. In just one week, Seamus Philip Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer starts school. That's right, our 3-year-old will matriculate at The Friendship School in Waterford, Connecticut from about 9:30 in the morning until 3:00 p.m. five days a week. Yikes!

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.