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Thank God for Parents Who Refuse to Be Gaslighted by the Failing Education System

How Are the Children? Last week I attended a community town hall in Nashville organized by my friend Vesia Hawkins, a relentless...

Schools Cancel Halloween—Some Are Outraged (but I’m Not One of Them)

Some schools just outside Chicago have cancelled Halloween celebrations and parents aren’t having it. The reason given by school officials in Evanston, Illinois for...

Shakespeare Is for Black Kids, Too

This week I found a box full of old essays and notes from my undergraduate days, and stumbled upon a blue 5-subject...

School Is Not Working for Too Many Boys and Nobody Wants to Talk About It

There was a time decades ago when girls trailed boys in math and science and we as a nation deemed that to...

Chicago Teachers’ Strike Shows Why We Don’t Need Public Schools

Without government involvement and compulsion, civil society steps up and quickly mobilizes to care for children and families. As...

Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)

Elizabeth Warren wants to batten down the hatches but unlike a ship captain who feels a duty to protect his passengers from...

“They Believed in Me”—Elijah Cummings on His Own School Struggles

Our hearts broke a little today when we heard the sad and unexpected news of Representative Elijah Cummings' death. His was...

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of...