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education



  • The Culture War on Public Education

    by Peter Greene

    The multifront culture war beseiging schools has one unifying principle: undermining trust in public schools so they can be privatized, without regard for the best interests of children. 



  • School Politics at the Center of DeSantis's Conservatism

    by Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

    Although contemporary conservatives tend to malign public schools and teachers, they are tapping into a long historical legacy in which widespread education was conditioned on the promise that schools would inculcate nationalism and the morality of conservative ruling elites. 



  • Disrupt the March of "Disruptive Innovation"

    by Kevin Gannon

    The economy of innovation and publicity in higher education often rewards people who claim credit for ideas over the people who work to develop, test, and implement them. Academia needs a collaborative model of innovation. 



  • The Selective Politics of the "Learning Loss" Debate

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Discussions of the disruption to learning caused by COVID-related school closures often ignore the endemic inequalities in American education and exposure to harm from COVID, and sideline the voices of teachers who have been sounding the alarm about the dangerous state of their facilities for years. 



  • Parental Rights Crusades Often Conceal Other Motives

    by Edward Larson

    Public schools have always been about more than academics, so it's important to look carefully at the actions of any group claiming to represent the parents' role in education. 



  • What "Parental Rights" Debates are Getting Wrong

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    The success of the right-wing Moms For Liberty organization in raising fears of critical race theory and gender ideology obscure other historical models of parental activism; a cartoonish image of parents as reactionaries prevents dialogue that can get parents productively involved. 



  • Where Americans Agree and Disagree on Teaching Race in School

    Polls show that 2/3 of Americans think schools need to change how much attention they give to race in the curriculum, but they are split, along party and racial lines, between those who want more and those who want less, making this likely to remain a political wedge issue.



  • Campus CRT Battles Recall 1920s Evolution Fight

    by Adam Laats

    Faculty and teachers who want to fight back against the Critical Race Theory panic can take the high ground by stressing the importance of quality research and teaching, if the 1920s are a guide. 


  • The Right's Political Attack on LGBTQ Americans Escalates

    Historians discuss the escalating attacks on LGBTQ Americans, which this week included calls by a congressional candidate for a new HUAC aimed at identifying gay and gay-friendly teachers and the arrest of a truck full of neonazis plotting to attack a Pride event in Idaho. 



  • How Charlie Kirk's "America First" School Chain Plan Collapsed

    An Arizona company thought it could rake in $40 million a year in revenues by operating schools promoted by the conservative agitator, but withdrew as experts warned of ideological influence and the possibility the venture was a cash-in on a hot culture war issue.