A scourge known as “wokeification” is hitting American public schools harder than the COVID-19 pandemic. Racial puritans are flogging White teachers anti-racism rods. Textbooks are being re-written to say George Clinton and Funkadelic were founding fathers, and schools are handing out tightly wrapped blunts instead of number 2 pencils.
I jest, but my colleague Ian Rowe at the American Enterprise Institute warns we are going too Woke for our own good.
Case in point: the faithful leaders of the San Diego Unified School District who have decided an “honest reckoning” is needed to correct systemic inequality and structural racism.
Considered me triggered. Again.
This past Sunday my 8 Black Hands crew did a show on the missing importance of school boards, and then this article pops up saying the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has launched a campaign called “Public School Transformation Now!”
The goal, flimsy as ever, is to “bring equity issues front and center.” I’m triggered because leaders, especially in education, consistently go for sophistry over function. They focus on the feel-good rather than the complex. They love the fashion instead of the fix.
If you read through the article and the NSBA’s Twitter timeline you’ll be…
It would take you a few minutes of scanning my years of writing about education to conclude I’m pretty tough on teachers. Because of that, you might be surprised about what I write next.
Watching teachers in Oklahoma and other states protest for their right to reasonable pay, and adequate school funding isn’t driving me to be reactionary, or to denounce their walking out on children. In these cases, the evidence is clear: the pay and supports they receive is an insult.
This thing that I’m feeling is called empathy. Given what I write you might believe I have never…
I’m having a problem I never had before. Maybe you’ve had the same experience. My wife and I are house hunting and what we’re learning is that it’s more than just the house you’re buying. It’s new to us because, in the past, the where-shall-we-live question was answered with more financial limitations than we have now. We are blessed now with having more resources, and thus, more options.
Or maybe we’re cursed?
You’ve seen House Hunters, so you know how our list of demands might look: four or more bedrooms, two or more baths, a minimum of 3,000 square feet…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: school choice week.
What better time to remember there are millions of children who are not in the optimal school for their needs?
There are hundreds of thousands of children are on waiting lists for charter schools. There are many more students with special needs for whom private programs would be better, but they lack the financial support to access those schools. And, there are the students for whom homeschooling would make a world of difference.
Together, they make up a nation of kids mismatched with schools that fail to engage their…
A story ran last week from the Associated Press about segregation in charter schools, and, right on cue a lot of my reform-loving friends rushed to their keyboards to bang out rebuttals and register complaints.
While I think most of the article was a wandering fiat against data and common sense, there is one important takeaway to seize.
Please excuse me while I now turn my attention to black parents for a moment. Black folks, it’s time you had the talk with your children.
My kids absolutely refuse to eat the hot lunch at school. Whenever we talk about it, they curl their little noses, roll their eyes, and act as if even considering school food is the funniest joke I’ve ever told.
They say they resist because the lunch is gross, which it usually is, but I suspect there is something more to the story.
When I visit their school in the morning, I notice a small population of students in the cafeteria eating breakfast. It looks to me that it’s mostly poor kids eating.
At lunchtime, it’s the same thing.
You could hear a painful gasp across the crowd. It was as if a room of 300 people had their hearts suddenly pulled from their chest.
Kelley Williams-Bolar was telling a story about her arrest and charge of grand larceny for enrolling her children in a school that wasn’t in her residential district.
That’s called residency fraud, or educational theft, and it’s serious enough to be arrested and jailed. The fact that Kelley was criminalized for something so common — using a family member’s address to secure a seat in a “good” school — was hard for this crowd of…
Chance The Rapper gave Chicago Public Schools a check for $1,000,000. We celebrated it widely. We love stories about locals who make good of themselves and then pays it forward in for their hometown. there is one important detail about that was missing from the story.
Not to be a buzzkill, but there is one important detail about Chance’s time in CPS that is missing from the public narrative.
In the coming week charter school leaders and workers will meet at the National Charter Schools conference in Washington, D.C. to learn about everything from improving board governance to restorative student discipline. I will be there to participate on a panel about looming attacks that many of these leaders will face as they struggle to run good schools.
That makes it a good time to circle back to one of those threats that started in 2016 and has become a national campaign.
Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charter schools…