The discovery of an 18th century schoolhouse on the campus of William & Mary offers a chance for public historians to explain the complexity of Black education in colonial Virginia, which taught reading in the hopes of indoctrinating both free and enslaved children with pro-slavery ideology.
SOURCE: New York Times
The discovery of a 260-year-old structure with such a deep connection to a little-known chapter of the history of Colonial Williamsburg, when the population was more than 50 percent Black and teaching slaves to read was legal, is especially significant, said history professor Jody Lynn Allen.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Scholars Sharon Harley and Jenifer Barclay discuss the obstacles of colorism that Nannie Helen Burroughs overcame to launch an influential school for young Black women and lead the civil rights struggles of the early twentieth century.
SOURCE: Phi Delta Kappan
by Victoria E.M. Cain and Adam Laats
The history of education shows a series of episodes of hasty, ill-considered investment in hyped technologies that failed spectacularly. Will that history convince administrators to look (and research) before they take the next leap?
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Ashley Farmer
"The Harlem 9’s fight serves as an important reminder that school desegregation protests were popular and successful in the North as well as in the South."
SOURCE: Texas Observer
The Long, Winding Road that Led to the SBOE’s Decision for Texas Schools to Teach Abstinence-Plus Sex Education
As with social studies, sex education in Texas has been subject to the control of social conservatives in positions of power in the state's educational establishment, demonstrating how the movement has shaped textbooks and curriculum for a generation. This may gradually be changing.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Once a Symbol of Desegregation, Ruby Bridges’ School now Reflects another Battle Engulfing Public Education
by Connie L. Schaffer, Martha Graham Viator and Meg White
The New Orleans school integrated by Ruby Bridges is now operated by a private charter school company, part of a trend that three education scholars say jeopardizes the survival of the entire system of public education in the United States.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
by Alexander Hyres
A historian of education argues that Black studies was not an invention of the 1960s; its flawed implementation reflected the long battles Black activists fought against hostile and indifferent school administrations for decades before.
SOURCE: Harvard Magazine
A Harvard Law School initiative to check predatory student lending must contend with the entanglement of federal student lending programs and for-profit education providers, which dates to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights) of 1944.
SOURCE: Common Dreams
Demanding End to 'Failed Billionaire-Backed' Policies, 200+ Teachers and Activists Urge Biden to Go Bold on Public Education
Their demands push Biden toward a progressive education platform, breaking from the status quo in Washington.
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