After more than two thousand interviews, the investigators concluded that forty-four schools had cheated and that a “culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation has infested the district, allowing cheating—at all levels—to go unchecked for years.” They wrote that data had been “used as an abusive and cruel weapon to embarrass and punish.” Several teachers had been told that they had a choice: either make targets or be placed on a Performance Development Plan, which was often a precursor to termination. At one elementary school, during a faculty meeting, a principal forced a teacher whose students had tested poorly to crawl under the table.
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the notion that some anonymous committee of grownups has made a list of stuff that all kids need to know because that’s what jobs are going to [require] in the future is preposterous. The maker movement prepares kids to solve the problems that [adults] never anticipated.
Tumblr goes in, y’all.
So much truth in this post. Buzzfeed must have recently hired a bunch of PoC as I’ve noticed a marked increase in posts with stuff PoC like… :)
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Great #edu reading list by Matt Candler. Top of the list is one of my favorites, James Anderson’s The Education of Blacks in the South.
- The Education of Blacks in the South. Anderson, James
- The Ethics of Aristotle. Aristotle
- The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, And The Attack On America’s Public Schools. Berliner, David C.
- The Innovator’s Dilemma. Christensen, Clayton
- Shop Class as Soulcraft. Crawford, Matthew
- Seven Myths About Education. Christodoulou, Daisy
- As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin. Cuban, Larry
- Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom. Cuban, Larry
- Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. Delpit, Lisa
- Democracy and Education. Dewey, John
- The Souls of Black Folk. Du Bois, W. E. B.
- Mindset. Dweck, Carol
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire, Paulo
- Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner, Howard
- Greenfield Schooling. Hess, Frederick
- The Same Thing Over and Over. Hess, Frederick
- The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children. Hirsch, Jr. E. D.
- The Schools We Need: And Why We Don’t Have Them. Hirsch Jr., E.D.
- An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory. Kunjufu, Dr. Jawanza
- Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. Lukas, J. Anthony
- The Republic. Plato
- The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Ravitch, Diane
- The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. Ripley, Amanda
- The Way We Were?: The Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (Century Foundation/Twentieth Century Fund Report). Rothstein, Richard
- Emile. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
- Program or Be Programmed. Rushkoff, Douglas
- 2 of Horace’s Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School. Sizer, Theodore R.
- Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform. Tyack, David
- A nation at risk: The imperative for educational reform: A report to the Nation and the Secretary of Education, United States. US Department of Education.
- Up from Slavery. Washington, Booker T
- Race Matters. West, Cornel
- The Aims of Education and Other Essays. Whitehead, Alfred North
- Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. Willingham, Daniel T.
- Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (Icons of America). Zimmerman, Jonathan
You may be in Princeton, but it seems like we should probably put this in really simple kindergarten examples for you. In the simplest, crudest metaphor I can think of, let’s say you’re a fully abled person in a race against a man with only one leg. You train a long time, run really fast, and beat him. No one is saying you shouldn’t be proud of working hard or running so fast; all we’re really asking for is that you admit that maybe having two legs fucking helped a little bit.
Using this metaphor, let’s again break down some other arguments you can’t really use. For instance, just because some one-legged people are faster than some two-legged people or manage to race doesn’t mean that it is still not, on the whole, easier for two-legged people to walk and run. Again, privilege deals with macro level institutional and cultural ideas, not anecdata. If your grandfather only had one leg, but you had two, you don’t get to claim that you do not have two-legged privilege. Having ancestors that endured hardships is important only if either you endure those same hardships or if those past hardships have continued on today in the form of discrimination based on your shared characteristics.
I’ve been avoiding reading too much about the Princeton Kid; it’s lame that just because an Ivy Leaguer writes a dumb Op-ed, it gets way more attention than the dumb Op-eds being written all around college campuses. But I do really appreciate this response on Jezebel, and the way it breaks down what privilege means.