Let us hope we can resist the urge to trivialize and appropriate the wonderful history, traditions, and people of Mexico because of the silliness that is making a holiday another way to churn up crass commercialism (a redundant term). [Also, lost in the shuffle, today is the birthday of Karl Marx.]
So below, please read a gathering of important articles, somewhat loosely connected because they have crossed my path.
First, let me note that since I have relentlessly criticized edujournalism of late (and it is well deserved criticism), I start with an edujournalism unicorn—a very good piece on NAEP.
- NAEP Results: Gaps in Opportunities to Learn? Robert Rothman
The simple truth is that NAEP is not designed to provide causal explanations. It’s a test given every two years to a representative sample of students who happen to be in fourth, eighth, or twelfth grade that particular year. It does not follow students over time, so it’s impossible to say that a policy or practice “caused” the results….
Put together, the findings paint a picture of unequal opportunities to learn challenging content. Low-performing students spend less time explaining their reading or doing projects, and more time on test prep. Once again, these are correlations: they do not suggest that these patterns caused the low performance. But why do they exist? What can be done about them? That’s the challenge for educators and policy makers.
- Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It, Jim Dwyer
- Gloria Ladson-Billings Reframes the Racial Achievement Gap
- The Terrifying Message Americans Send by Supporting Donald Trump, Brittney Cooper
- “Clinton embodies a neoliberal kind of feminism which mostly benefits privileged women”
Clinton has been a card-carrying feminist for decades, she started her career doing advocacy for children and women, she’s famous for her UN speech about women’s rights are human rights, she’s been reliably pro-choice and so on. So if that all fits into this sort of recognition side, she’s been there, and in a more explicit, and front-and-center way than Sanders. But, on the other hand, What kind of feminism is this? Clinton embodies a certain kind of neoliberal feminism that is focused on cracking the glass ceiling, leaning in. That means removing barriers that would prevent rather privileged, highly educated women who already have a high amount of cultural and other forms of capital to rise in the hierarchies of government and business. This is a feminism whose main beneficiaries are rather privileged women, whose ability to rise in a sense relies on this huge pool of very low-paid precarious, often racialized precarious service work, which is also very feminized that provide all the care work
- Dan Wakefield gives a list of Vonnegut readings for making life decisions
- Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)
It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.
- Black Intellectuals and White Audiences, Matthew Clair
- We need more black and brown teachers but not for the reasons you think, Andre Perry
Black students will always underachieve when they are perceived as needing fixing.
The irony is that black students aren’t the ones who need fixing.
Deficit thinking corrupts the potential effectiveness of even the most competent teachers.
White folk must unlearn their negative expectations. That’s the only way we’re ever going to change the structures that really hold students back.
And now, a musical extra: