Justin Cohen

Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the growth of a particular flavor…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted June 27, 2016

The Unwhitening of America Is Upon Us, and Our Public Schools Are Proof

As the country’s political pundits reach for euphemistic ways to describe Donald Trump and his supporters’ primal screaming, Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central’s…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted May 3, 2016

Why You Should Care About a Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been the cradle of innovation and success for American public schools. The country’s first public schools were in the…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Jan. 19, 2016

If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck … Who Cares What It’s Called?

Justin Cohen, an education writer currently working on his first book, highlights the political silliness around what to call K-12 school standards. As Republicans run from the now toxic 'Common Core' brand,  he points out that states who claim to have "eliminated" Common Core have actually not done much more than change the name. Additionally, Cohen questions the wisdom of states burdening taxpayers to make a politically expedient change…

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Justin Cohen: Legislators in Maine Should Know Better

Justin Cohen, an education writer working on his first book, takes issue with recent claims by a State legislator in Maine that Common Core somehow violates principles of education from 1776. It might be fun to wave American flags and declare fealty to the ways of old, but no serious analysis of this country or its history suggests that rigorous, internationally competitive standards are against the principles of this…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Black Like Them: Why a ‘Surge’ of Color Could Change the Face of Ed Reform

Last year, I substituted a couple of times in a third-grade class that had two little black girls in it amid mostly Latino and a…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

SFER’s Knight Tells Justin Cohen How to Make Reform Stick

Justin Cohen, an education writer working on his first book, shares the first part of an interview he did with Jeremy Knight of Students For Education Reform (SFER). Jeremy breaks from what Cohen calls "reform orthdoxy" based on his own personal experiences and explains the importance of organizing communities for the long term instead of the short term. If reform is happening to a community, and not with a community, nine times out of 10 it…

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015

Here’s the Thing About School Closings

Jelani Cobb has a piece in this week’s New Yorker about his own Queens high school, which just closed to make way for more small…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted May 26, 2020

I’m a Black Woman on My Way to Becoming a Doctor Because I Never Gave Up

I grew up believing that excellence is not an option, but rather an obligation.  I breezed through high school. I didn’t have to study hard…

By Oluwaseun Adebagbo

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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