As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expensive educations pay off. Now, new technologies are emerging as a potential solution for the college affordability crisis, according to some educational administrators and officials. The growing public fascination with “Massive Open Online Courses,” or MOOCs, suggests that in the near future, a public university degree may become cheaper and more accessible, with a greater economic “return on investments” for the government. Yet some education advocates are wary of the MOOC phenomenon and urge the government to focus on brick-and-mortar educational investments before seeking a magic bullet .
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday October 20, 2013 5:20 pm|
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am|
A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday May 28, 2013 8:00 pm|
Golly Mr. Dryden, you’re my favorite teacher!
John Dryden, a high school teacher in Batavia, Illinois is in hot water for teaching his students about their rights, and for putting that lesson into action by informing students of their Fifth Amendment rights in connection with a survey asking about illegal drug use. The survey was ostensibly aimed at assessing the needs of students at Batavia High School except it asked about illegal drug use and students’ names were on each form! What’s a cool teacher to do?
|By: Amy B. Dean Wednesday December 26, 2012 5:46 pm|
This was a tumultuous year for working people and their families. From the grassroots uprisings last winter to the low-wage workers’ strikes at year’s end, 2012 saw many people coming together for the first time and finding their voices. Below are the items that I would highlight as the best and worst developments of 2012 in the world of labor and progressive social movements.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 15, 2012 9:03 am|
As yesterday’s story of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfolded, image after image went through my head . . . my kid and his school, my friends who hunt, George Tiller, and especially the victims of gun violence whose funerals I have done.
I’m really tired of doing gun-related funerals.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday October 13, 2012 1:00 pm|
Last month, the success of the Chicago teachers’ strike forced the mainstream media to present a rare picture of public school teachers: as organized, defiant and victorious. But prior to the Chicago teachers winning a major deal, there was no shortage of dismissive, condescending and misleading coverage of teachers unions.
Recently, that disdainful media gaze has turned southward.
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday September 17, 2012 8:00 pm|
I realize not everything has to be about complete selflessness, so let’s make the argument from self-interest here. If my neighbors are poor and desperate and uneducated, I’m not safe, because poor and desperate and uneducated people do stupid shit and eventually that stupid shit lands on my doorstep.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 10, 2012 6:46 pm|
I ask anyone who does remotely care about the kids we teach and learn from and triumph and cheer and cry and grow with, to stand with us and fight for a better future for our kids.
See you on the picket line, my friend.
|By: SouthernDragon Wednesday September 5, 2012 4:32 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday October 18, 2011 4:01 pm|
Los Angeles educators, parents and students are united to Occupy LAUSD to protest and highlight the state of Los Angeles schools, the second largest school district in the United States. Despite a $55 million surplus, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors have laid off 1,200 teachers, plus hundreds of custodial and clerical staff, school nurses, psychologists, and librarians.