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  • 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. 



  • The Commonality between Biden’s Education Secretary and Betsy Devos is a Warning

    by Adam Laats

    Public education has long been envisioned as a black box that can fix the social problems created by inequality in the United States. When it has failed to perform this miracle, the education system has been subjected to successive waves of wrenching reform. It's time to fix the society outside the school walls. 



  • Billion-Dollar Book Companies Are Ripping Off Public Schools

    Although they tout the advantages of learning technology, major publishers exploit copyright law and licensing agreements to force school districts to pay $27 per student per year for temporary access to digital copies of books like "The Diary of Anne Frank." 



  • A More Perfect Meritocracy

    by Agnes Callard

    Two new books take aim at the moral failures of meritocracy. But we can advocate for a more just society without giving up on merit.