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By Paul Horton. During the last year the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported an increase in hate crimes and hate groups. As political discourse in the United States in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has become increasingly focused on identity politics, ethnic, cultural, and racial …

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By Anthony Cody. This week we have seen a renewed attempt to rehabilitate the beleaguered Common Core standards, just as the scores arrive in many states, largely meeting projections that they would yield increased failure rates and a wider “achievement gap.” These results are the most basic problem that the …

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By Anthony Cody. For years teachers have heard about the crucial role parents have in supporting their children’s academic progress. Extensive research shows that increased parental involvement translates into success for students. However, the new Common Core approach to math is having a rather perverse effect. …

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By John Thompson. The 50th anniversary of Jonathan Kozol’s Death at an Early Age comes as we confront the horror of the Charleston, S.C. massacre and the epidemic of police killings of unarmed blacks. At a time like this, it is best to read Kozol’s masterpiece on its own, without using it as evidence for any …

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By Anthony Cody. We have been seeing the fallout from heavy handed monitoring and enforcement that is coming to us with the new Common Core tests. As I pointed out Sunday, this sort of security is made necessary when you have created a system where heavy consequences are attached to success on these tests. …

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In 2013, I shared a post written by a New York City elementary teacher, entitled “Data Shows Not Enough Teaching.” She is back today with an update, and although there has been a change in administration in New York City, testing at her school is excessive as ever. By Katie Lapham. While the public in New York …

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By Anthony Cody. In the wake of the unindicted killing of Michael Brown, the roots and ramifications of racism in America have been brought to the surface once again. One of the constructive ways that educators can respond to this challenge is through Ethnic Studies courses. On November 19, the Los Angeles Unified …

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 By Paul Horton. In the mid 1990s the debate over the National History Standards produced by the Center for History in the Schools at UCLA and funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities created a big stir. The “History wars” raged on for years and sensitized many Americans to history curriculum …

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By Paul Horton. Because the history wars of the mid nineties have been reignited in Jefferson County, Colorado, the College Board’s rewrite of the United States American History Advanced Placement course is being defended by many as the best history curriculum available. While I applaud the efforts of the of the …

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By Paula Noonan.  The Rebels — students from Columbine High School — headed to adjacent Clement Park at 10:30am yesterday to protest the Jefferson County (Jeffco), Colorado, school board’s anti-Advanced Placement/US History resolution.  The Rebels, the George Washington kind from the American …