• Tracking the Increase in Educational Gag Orders

    The sloppiness of many of the new gag order laws, including factual errors, contradictory language and vague definitions, will create more than confusion; it will create fear. 

  • Healthy Democracies Don't Scapegoat Their Teachers

    "The failure to confront authoritarianism and the failure to defend public schools and educators from Covid is the same failure. When an institution is a cornerstone of democracy, you fight for it, you fund it, and you respect it."

  • In Texas, Battle is on Over Books

    "To talk with a dozen teachers and librarians is to hear annoyance and frustration and bewilderment, as much with the sheer ambiguity of the new law and the list of books as with the practical effect."

  • When Culture War Politics Consume School Boards, Basic Functions Suffer

    "there is a striking disconnect between the crises that have consumed school board meetings for well more than a year and the emergencies that teachers, nurses, custodians, secretaries and other staff members say they are facing when they show up at school each morning."

  • Helen Roche's Work Examines the Elite Schools Nazis Modeled on Eton

    Helen Roche has published the first comprehensive history of the Napolas, the schools Nazis established to train future leaders of the Reich, and notes deep patterns of exchange between teachers and students at British and German schools before the start of war. 

  • The Sleeper SCOTUS Case that Threatens Church-State Separation

    by Kimberly Wehle

    "If the plaintiffs win, states and municipalities could be required to use taxpayer dollars to supplement strands of private religious education that many Americans would find deeply offensive, including schools that exclude non-Christian or LGBTQ students, families, and teachers."

  • The Culture War Over Schools Is Worse Than Ever

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    The 20th century pluralist strategy to resolve the "history wars" – including examples of heroes and leaders representing progressively more social groups – is no longer able to cover over fundamental conflicts over what America is and what students should learn about the nation. 

  • St. Louis Teachers: "Soul of History" at Stake in New History Wars

    “What’s happening in the classroom is not critical race theory, but giving space and giving voice to other perspectives,” said Joseph Kibler, a history teacher at Hazelwood West High School. “It’s just things that happened that weren’t taught before are being taught now.”

  • The School Culture Wars: ‘You Have Brought Division to Us’

    “Schools are particularly fraught spaces because they represent a potential challenge to the family and the authority of parents,” said Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, an associate professor of history at the New School in New York City.

  • Give Kids the "Summer Slowdown" They Need

    by David M. Perry

    Many parents, teachers and academics included, may wonder what they can do to fix the damage of COVID on kids' emotional health. The author suggests considering doing little. 

  • Much More Than Muffins: The Women Scientists Who Invented Home Ec (Review)

    Journalist Danielle Drellinger's book on the invention and evolution of the disicpline of Home Economics calls it a uniquely American blend of pragmatism and research, but historians who read it may wish it examined the racial and gender assumptions underlying the "best way" of keeping a home.