Category Archives: Education

What I learned teaching at a historically black college

I have attended predominantly white schools from preschool through my doctoral program. I’m used to carving out a black space in a white world. As an undergrad at Georgetown University, I sat at “the black table,” the one cafeteria table where many black students congregated for a fun, raucous dinner and discussion of the day’s […]

Why we should diversify the overwhelmingly white U.S. teaching force — and how

Nearly 75 percent of inner-city school teachers and 91 percent of urban school teachers are white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Is there anything that can or should be done about the tremendous demographic mismatch between the public school teaching force and student population? Do we really believe what the Carnegie Forum […]

Bernie Sanders’ Plan for Free College Could End Racial Disparities in Higher Ed

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist and 2016 presidential candidate, has one-upped the White House with a plan that should make college students—and their tuition-paying parents—stand up and cheer. If his long-shot plan becomes reality, it could help the U.S. compete in the global economy and lay the first cornerstone to bridge the wealth divide […]

Education gaps pose looming crisis for U.S. economy

Fewer working-age African-Americans than whites hold four-year college degrees in all but one of the nation’s 150 largest metropolitan areas, according to a new Next America analysis of data from the massive National Equity Atlas. Likewise, the share of working-age Hispanic adults holding four-year college degrees lags behind the percentage of whites, often by enormous […]

The resegregation of America’s schools

Sixty-one years ago, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that separate but (allegedly) equal schools were unconstitutional, that apartheid — legalized segregation — could not withstand the constitutional demand of equal rights for all. That decision produced a revolution and a massive resistance. White Southerners fled to private schools and […]

61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations. For Sunday’s 61st anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, […]

Many Students Fail to Profit from For-Profit Colleges

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.7 million people will receive their bachelor’s degrees, and another nearly 750,000 will receive associate’s degrees this May and June. The numbers have been rising over the past 10 years, with 22 percent more receiving bachelor’s degrees (the growth in women’s degrees is faster than that […]

Minding the Discipline Gap in Education

The achievement gap doesn’t stand alone. Beside it is the discipline gap in American education that also needs our attention. Even Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has acknowledged that “African American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled or suspended as their white peers.” For black students with disabilities, […]

Principal fired over ‘black people’ graduation comment

FOX 5 News has confirmed that Nancy Gordeuk is no longer the principal at TNT Academy following inflammatory remarks she made during the school’s graduation ceremony last week, according to the Georgia NAACP. Her comments shocked many students and parents attending the ceremony in Lilburn. Video of the remarks was taken during the ceremony and […]