Lynnell Mickelsen

Posted Jan. 15, 2016

The Privileged Doth Protest Too Much: Part II

Part I of this post outlined what luxury problems look like in education. In this second installment, I discuss how a sense of entitlement allows…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

The ‘Fundies’ of the Left: Teachers Unions, Liberals and Fundamentalist Culture

For me, as a Democrat, one of the weirdest things about working on education reform has been the never-ending fundamentalist flashbacks. You see, I spent…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015

Mickelsen Nails It: Don’t Blame Teens or Parents for a Teacher-Driven Opt-Out Movement

The opt-out movement against standardized testing in public schools has hit the gilded streets of Southwest Minneapolis. Parent activist Lynnell Mickelsen has seen first hand…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Mar. 12, 2015

Fixing Ourselves: 3 Suggestions for Fellow White Liberals Who Want to Fix Schools

A while back MinnPost reprinted my post: Forget About Fixing Black Kids. What If We Fixed White Liberals Instead? The piece got over 100 comments.…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2015

Dumping the Evidence: Remind Me Again Why Anti-Testing is ‘Progressive’?

Well, this isn’t subtle. From Alternet’s “7 Big Public Education Stories of 2014”: Opt-out activists are targeting more than just the tests themselves. As an…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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