By Tatiana Poladko News about the college admissions scandal this week shattered the romantic picture many hold about college admissions. We want to believe the process is fair and merit-based. We are fine with unadulterated competition for spots at selective colleges. But it is the lengths some families are willing to go —photoshopped pictures, $1.2 … Continue reading While some bribe, low-income students hurdle their way to higher education
It doesn't matter how much you wear “red for public ed.” It doesn't mean you love public education. It doesn't even mean you stand with teachers or truly care what happens with students in our schools. It's like wearing red on Valentine's Day as your gift to your significant other. They’d take substance over style … Continue reading Love public education? Care about who runs our schools.
Mike Matthews, the president of Delaware’s teachers union (DSEA), resigned this week after racist and sexist comments he made on his defunct blog —Down With Absolutes— were revealed by WHYY. After the story broke, the teachers union moved quickly to convene an executive meeting and Matthews resigned from his role as chief advocate for Delaware’s … Continue reading Why Delaware’s Teachers Union President’s Resignation is Not Enough
While we're thanking unions for our present working conditions and rights on Labor Day let's also think about the savagely stolen labor that fueled prosperity, privilege, and position in America. Let's think about how slavery, peonage, sharecropping, and convict leasing gave some Americans wealth and advantage to pass down that is now passed off as … Continue reading What we don’t talk about on Labor Day
In my Sunday School class at church yesterday morning we discussed the verse: "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities" (Luke 16:10). In August every year, I always reflect about how TeenSHARP (www.teensharp.org) … Continue reading Want to make an impact? Do the little things.
A few months ago, I set out to answer a few questions that should have been simple: how much money do Delaware’s lowest-performing schools get from the state and federal governments, and how do they use their resources to ensure their students' success? Instead, my attempt to follow the money—$1.4 billion altogether—took me down a … Continue reading I tried to follow the money in Delaware education—this is what happened
The Christina School District board has perfected the art of pushing paperwork that produces little progress for Wilmington students. Last week, its members signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gov. Carney’s office designed to take a bolder approach to education in a district whose graduation rate has dropped each of the last three years … Continue reading Why the reforms Wilmington’s kids need are sure to fail