“Weekend Reading” is a place for teachers and anyone interested in education policy to find an annotated set of videos, blog posts, newspaper articles and academic papers on a particular topic to do with the privatization of education, race in schools, and the fight for democracy in education. Each week we select 4-5 pieces and invite you to read, comment, and add suggestions. These weekly readings will also form the basis for an 8-week reading group in March 2016. Sign up for the reading group at our events page. Please feel free to leave comments and suggest additional readings.
The following selections are the first in a two part series on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. This first set is focused on how the Brown vs. Board of Education decision has played out in Baltimore City. The order of the files should be viewed from … Continue reading The History of Segregated Schools in Baltimore
One of the most interesting questions in education has to do with segregation. Is desegregation an end in itself? To the extent that it has been shown to work, why does it? The answer to the questions surrounding segregation is tied to the history of systemic racism in the US, and, similarly to current debates … Continue reading The Current Status of School Segregation in the US
Click above to explore the articles. This week we want to consider the concept of “post-racial racism” as it applies to how parents are set up to choose schools for their children, how schools have been pitted against each other, and where teachers find themselves when they want to have a say in education policy. … Continue reading How race plays into school choice and teacher voice