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 Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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