Obama’s Hypocrisy on Education

In a recent article that’s gotten a lot of social media buzz, Ta-Nehisi Coates critiques the way that Barack and Michelle Obama address black America. He did a great job so I’m not going to touch on his arguments. But what jumped out at me as I read Coates’ article, was the First Couple’s message…

Education and the Economy (Part 2)

“Under corporate capitalism, the objectives of liberal educational reform are contradictory: It is precisely because of its role as producer of an alienated and stratified labor force that the educational system has developed its repressive and unequal structure. In the history of U.S. education, it is the integrative function which has dominated the purpose of…

Education and the Economy (Part 1)

A recent Associated Press analysis of government data revealed that about half of young college grads are unemployed or underemployed. According to AP, “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.” As disheartening as these numbers are, they’re not that surprising. The recession…

Standardized Tests and Charter Politics

On Thursday, the School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted not to renew the charters of three schools. This is a new and, in many ways, encouraging move for the SRC to take. For years, the SRC has approved charter renewals even in the face of serious violations and mismanagement. Though this new SRC…

The Budget Season Scrap for Scraps

It’s March 31st, and all over the country, elected officials, lobbyists, corporate leaders, labor unions, students, and community members are in the early stages of an annual battle royal. It’s budget season; that special time of year when competing interests slug it out to see who will get a bigger slice (or sliver) of the…