Lynnell Mickelsen

Guest Blogger

Education Blogger

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lynnell Mickelsen is a long-time progressive Democrat and recovering journalist who spent nearly two decades as a Minneapolis public school parent. She is now active on education reform issues and writes on her blog Put Kids First.

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

If It Walks Like the NRA and Quacks Like the NRA: The Parallel Politics of Gun Control and Ed Reform

It’s been two weeks since the mass shootings in Roseburg, Oregon. And I’ve spent the last seven days comparing the…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

The ‘Fundies’ of the Left: Teachers Unions, Liberals and Fundamentalist Culture

For me, as a Democrat, one of the weirdest things about working on education reform has been the never-ending fundamentalist…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Mar. 12, 2015

Fixing Ourselves: 3 Suggestions for Fellow White Liberals Who Want to Fix Schools

A while back MinnPost reprinted my post: Forget About Fixing Black Kids. What If We Fixed White Liberals Instead? The…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2015

Dumping the Evidence: Remind Me Again Why Anti-Testing is ‘Progressive’?

Well, this isn’t subtle. From Alternet’s “7 Big Public Education Stories of 2014”: Opt-out activists are targeting more than just…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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