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Posted Jan. 12, 2018

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted July 13, 2016

When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot and Dying on TV

When I was 5 years old, my family gathered around our black-and-white TV in the living room and watched a cowboy movie. One guy shot…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 16, 2016

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

High School Students Weigh in on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Speech Before Release of Laquan MacDonald Video

Ray Salazar, also know as The White Rhino, is a Latino English teacher in Chicago Public Schools who has penned a blog for Chicago Now about how he and his class analyzed and judged Mayor Emanuel's speech in the lead up to the release of the Laquan MacDonald video. He chose to move away from the "recommended" lesson provided by CPS and instead chose to work with a primary text, in this case, a city leader's speech. This is a fascinating and…

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Is There Anywhere a Black Youth Can Be Counted as a Real Person?

Last night I did something I promised myself I would not do. I watched the tragic dashcam video in which a Chicago police officer fires…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Let’s Be Honest, None of This Would Have Happened to My White Son

If a white mother of three in the suburbs, like me, is tired of hearing stories and watching footage of (young) black men being brutalized…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 5, 2020
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Why It’s Time to Raise Hell About Re-Opening Schools

This week, teachers all over the country are holding demonstrations protesting plans to re-open schools for in-person learning. Obviously, there’s heated debate everywhere about how…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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