American Educator: Winter 2012–2013
New Hope for School Integration
Sixteen years ago—back when Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were battling for the presidency and Michelle Rhee was still a graduate student—I began researching a book suggesting that we should find creative ways to educate more students in economically integrated school environments. It was a very old...
In discussing socioeconomic integration before audiences, I am frequently asked: What about high-poverty schools that do work? Don't they suggest that economic segregation isn't much of a problem after all?
High-poverty public schools that beat the odds paint a heartening story that often...
How a Liberal Arts Education Puts Fads in Perspective
America was made by and for big ideas. Insofar as big ideas have shaped it, it is ever on the verge of hyperbole and dream. "America is a land of wonders," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, "in which everything is in constant motion, and every movement seems an improvement. The idea of novelty is...
Union Members Are Community Members
Twenty-five years. That's how long I've had the privilege of serving as the president of the Oklahoma City Federation of Classified Employees, Local 4574 of the AFT. Our members are parents, and they're paraprofessionals, bus drivers, skilled craftspeople,...
Where Howard Zinn's A People's History Falls Short
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States has few peers among contemporary historical works. With more than 2 million copies in print, A People's History is more than a book. It is a cultural icon. "You wanna read a real history book?" Matt Damon asks his therapist...
Are Sleepy Students Learning?
Question: Some of my students seem really sleepy—they stifle yawns and struggle to keep tired eyes open—especially in the morning. This can't be good for their learning, right? Is there anything I can do to help these students?
Answer: Sleep is indeed...