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Posted July 19, 2021

School Leaders, Not Politicians, Should Be Making Decisions about How to Teach Our History

Everybody’s gettin’ bands, we just dance to different drums. I like who I’ve become. -Jay Z,“Sorry, Not Sorry” Allow me to apologize in advance because…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted June 11, 2021

Three (Ignorant) Arguments Used to Ban Critical Race Theory

To understand the legislative attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) that aim to make teaching CRT in schools—including concepts like white supremacy, systemic racism, and the like—illegal,…

By Rann Miller

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Posted June 9, 2021

We Will Not Shy Away From Teaching Our History

During their senior year, all scholars at all of Democracy Prep’s schools take a rigorous year-long course called Sociology of Change. For the first half…

By Natasha Trivers

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Posted June 4, 2021

All This Performative Pettiness in Activism Diminishes Our Collective Power

*In my Principal Joe Clark voice* I need all of the Black education activists to join me in a church basement conversation, expeditiously! I’m not…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 2, 2021

We Never Learned About Black Wall Street. So, What Else Is Missing From Our Curriculum?

Did you ever learn about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre? I know I did not. It was not until I was an…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted May 21, 2021

Denying Critical Race Theory Is Denying Our History: Statement from the Delegates and Staff of the National Parents Union

The National Parents Union believes that education systems must be transformed to eradicate generational institutions of oppression. This sentence was intentionally written into our statement…

By National Parents Union

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Posted May 21, 2021

The Real History of Teachers Being Complicit in the Miseducation of Black and White Children

As we celebrate and honor what would have been Malcolm X’s 96th birthday this week, I can’t help but think of his legacy in the…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed a bill to ban the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 6, 2021

For Teacher Appreciation Week, Let’s Give Teachers Something They Really Want

I wanted to write the standard feel-good piece for Teacher Appreciation Week. I really did, but it just felt inauthentic. Don’t get me wrong. I…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted May 5, 2021

No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism

There would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom. Dr. Carter G. Woodson The news has been full of parents, school…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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