Ferguson

Posted July 20, 2018

Why Reopening Emmett Till’s Case Still Won’t Give Our Black Boys Justice

I could never forget first seeing Emmett Till’s body if I wanted to. I don’t think I was more than 10 years old. The photo…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

How I Learned to Help My Students Talk About Hard Things

Up until a few years ago, I had struggled to find my voice as a teacher. I had internalized a set of classroom management principles…

By Jacob Carlson

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

This Ed Reform Activist Is Tired of Fighting Haters, She’s Ready to Get Back to Work

Brittany Packnett, in addition to directing Teach For America in St. Louis, is a well-recognized leader of a growing movement for social justice and racial equity (you can follow her online at @MsPackyetti). So perhaps it's no surprise that she finds herself and her colleagues the target of maligning attacks and conspiracy theories. But she's setting the record straight this once and then she's done with the "easy" cop-out of bickering about…

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Posted Sep. 16, 2015

Recommendations from the Ferguson Commission

RiShawn Biddle offers his perspective on the good and bad of the Ferguson Commission report released this week, and what education reformers should take away from it. Again, the Ferguson Commission’s report isn’t perfect. Reformers in St. Louis and the rest of the Show-Me State should follow up on the panel’s recommendations with solutions that are more fleshed-out than the body, primarily focused on addressing criminal justice and law…

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Posted Aug. 11, 2015

3 Key Moments in the Hartford Integration Episode of ‘This American Life’

There’s lots to admire about the latest This American Life episode focused on stealthy school integration efforts in Hartford, Connecticut. But I must admit I found…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted Aug. 10, 2015

To Ferguson, With Love

One of the first things my professor, Sister Mary Woods, taught me in Biology 101 was the first law of nature: self-preservation. Pain and fear,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 20, 2015

Say Bruh, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Cheer Black Teachers

If you believe black lives matter, then you will defend effective black teachers in whatever organization they work. Teach For America announced at its annual…

By Andre Perry

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Posted June 10, 2015

Black People Are Feared. Black Teachers Are Threats.

I for one will have your backs. Black members of Teach For America (TFA) know the real reasons conservatives and progressives alike attack them. Black…

By Andre Perry

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Posted Apr. 29, 2015

These Aren’t Thugs, These Are My Students

At 2:45 p.m., as my journalism students were finishing senior reflections for their final exam, an announcement came over the intercom. My students and I…

By Daniel Sass

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 20, 2020

More Than Anything, I #LoveTeaching for the Relationships We Build Along the Way

When I divulge to strangers that I am a high school English teacher, I am typically met with skepticism. “You teach teenage brats all day?…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last Thursday the high was two…

By Simone Hardeman-Jones

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