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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

I Just Got Back From Taiwan. U.S. Schools Have So Much to Learn.

Taiwan is an island nation of 21 million people that has owned a perch near the top of international education rankings for the past decade—far…

By Alan Gottlieb

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

You Don’t Have to Tell Me About the Achievement Gap, I Live It

Have you ever heard of the achievement gap? Many minority students, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans usually fall lower in test scores and grades…

By Ayden Clayton

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay a College Entrance Fee to Live the American Dream

I never thought about how my college was going to be paid for. None of my friends wondered about how their colleges would be paid…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 18, 2017

College Isn’t for Every Student But We Should Prepare Them for It Anyway

“College isn’t for everybody.” This quote has become chic in educator circles. After years of trying to push everybody toward college degrees, people are now…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

True Confession: I Care About My Students’ Test Score. You Should Too.

I care about my students’ test scores. That sentiment is a bit taboo nowadays, especially in “progressive” and “liberal” circles, where I run. But it’s…

By Ryan Williams-Virden

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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

I Was a Misfit in School, Then I Was Homeless, Now I’m Helping Kids Avoid That Same Fate

I went to Chicago Agricultural High School. It’s known as one of the best high schools in the Chicagoland area. Everyone told me it was…

By Melvin Hayes

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

In Chicago, Charter Schools Are Helping the ‘Underdog’ Kids Get to College

If you’re an underdog kind of kid in Chicago, and you want to go to college and graduate, your chances of success are better now…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Say What You Want About Charter Schools But the South Side of Chicago Needed Options

The hunt for a quality education has so many layers that one blog post will not be enough to explore them all. I came to…

By Rebecca McCarter-Hall

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

We Can’t Be Teachers by Day and Oppress Our Students of Color by Night

A few summers back, I was at a wedding reception, exchanging the customary pleasantries one does when seated next to people one has only just…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during the Women’s March after the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 12, 2018

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that I can’t be moderate about.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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