EduCountdown 2019

As the twenty-teens come to a close, we’re featuring a range of our strongest voices, weighing in on what we got right and what we got wrong in the fight for educational equity and opportunity.

Posted Dec. 30, 2019

We May Finally Know What It Takes to Improve Schools

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: When we think about school improvement efforts across the United States, it’s easy to tick off the spectacular, big-budget failures. Yet, while these boondoggles made headlines and dominated air time among policy wonks, a smaller, quieter and more sustainable set of successes began teaching the field some guiding principles for improving schools.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 27, 2019

5 Education Reports That Defined the Decade

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: The decade is coming to a close, but don’t expect the conversations and issues that were raised in the 2010s to be swept under the rug. …

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Dec. 23, 2019

May This Next Decade See Fewer School Shootings

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Guns and violence have been a part of my teaching experience from the beginning. During my first year of teaching, I was a substitute teacher working with an emergency license. I had no training. I had no experience. But after my first day, I was hooked. …

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Dec. 20, 2019

Not Everything Of Value in Education Can Be Captured By a Number

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: In trying to capture the story of a decade in education, the temptation is to focus entirely on what can be quantified, from test scores to funding. In looking at these numbers, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on what has gone wrong in schools.…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 20, 2019

You Can Call It a ‘Lost Decade,’ But I See a Lot of Good Things Happening

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: The spin never stops when it comes to education and it goes into overdrive with the close of a decade. Amidst all the hype of a lost decade and the need for humility from education reformers, I see a glass way more than half full.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 20, 2019

There Is Nothing We Can’t Fix If We Play to Win on Behalf of Children

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: When I returned to Education Post in May, my charge was to help us clarify our vision and set us in a new direction. I thought a lot about what would be the cardinal question to help us stay focused on what matters most…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 17, 2019

How English Learners Got Left Behind in the Drive Towards Equity

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Many years ago, back in 2014, when the world was young and American politics had not yet gone wholly off the rails, I launched a policy research team to focus on young English learners (ELs). …

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

I Refuse to Trick Latinx Educators Into Entering a Profession That Doesn’t Support Them

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: I was a Latinx teacher. I loved it. I couldn’t afford to stay in it, but you need to, and I’ll help.…

By Daniel Velasco

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the panacea for educational inequity.…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 6, 2019

Here’s How We Got Educating Black Kids Wrong Again in the 2010s

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Congratulations, America! You’ve once again managed to provide the shittiest public education for Black students and families. So as we close out this decade and enter a new year, I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting some of these moments, policies and practices that have upheld your deep-rooted oppression!…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

I’ll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New Yorker Magazine entitled “View of…

By Zachary Wright 

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