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.

RECENT POSTS

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 Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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