Whatever summer vacation means this year, it has finally arrived at my house. Which mostly just means that my wife has shifted from working on things for this year to working on things for next year. Here are some things to read.
Predecessors Try To Fill Void Left By DeVos
This is a strange little thing. First, that Duncan and Spelling see themselves as somehow way different from DeVos. Also, there's apparently an Old Secretary's Club, and DeVos is very not interested.
Yale Goes Test-Optional
Blame the corona pirates (that's what the Board of Directors calls the current pandemic), but this is the fifth ivy to dump the test for the next class. Susan Adams at Forbes has the story.
If Black Lives Matter, Then Let's Prove It By Fixing Our Schools
An editorial from the Detroit Free Press points out the obvious-- you don't help launch lives that matter in underfunded, poorly maintained schools.
Teen Girls Organized Nashville's Largest Protest
Speaking of students undertaking large projects. A great story of teens stepping up. At The Lily.
Teach for America 2020 Trainees To Enter Classroom With Only Tutoring Experience
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider looks at how TFA is managing to lower the bar even further.
Where's All These Woke White People Come From?
Michael Harriot at The Root is one of the best writers out there, and this piece is Exhibit A. Thoughtful and nuanced and just a great piece of writing.
Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Are Going To Schools That Push Conversion Therapy
Rebecca Klein at Huffington Post has an enraging story about some of the private schools that are scooping up taxpayer money. She'd previously shown how some of these schools discriminate against LGBTQ students; now it turns out that's not the worst of it.
University students aren't cogs in a market.
This story is from Australia, but you'll recognize the issues in the discussion of why students deserve to get more education than simply being loaded wit skills that employers want them to have.
How Betsy DeVos Is Using the Pandemic To Get What She Wants
The story has been told in bits and pieces, but Jeff Bryant at Alternet steps back for the full picture of how DeVos is using this crisis to push her own agenda in education.