Category: Opinion

BOOK REVIEW—Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice

Review by Carrie S. Larson, doctoral student, Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University Book Details: Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice by Suhanthie Motha. New York: Teachers College Press, 2014. 113 pp., $39.95.   Suhanthie Motha’s book Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist

A defense of holistic admissions, by N.J. Barkauskas

  With the Abigail Fisher case recently decided by the Supreme Court, Affirmative Action in higher education has entered the public realm once again.  The University of Texas, whose argument is supported by the AERA and other social science groups, argues that the use of holistic admissions process benefits students by increasing diversity and positively

Applause for gamers, by Jason Engerman

  Rebellious 15-year-old boys playing mind-numbing games for hours on end. A lazy 19-year-old in his parents’ basement, parked on the couch for days and trash talking with friends as they hunt the enemy in Call of Duty. These are common identities we associate with video game culture. Although these identities have some validity, as

Stop allowing Wal-Mart versions of public schools, by Bryan Mann

  Shopping at Wal-Mart provides the benefit of low prices, but often at the sacrifice of quality. For example, if one wants to purchase a premier suit or dress, he or she will likely receive higher quality by getting it personally tailored. The same rings true when the quality of fast food is compared to

Common Core wires more schools for the wrong reasons, by N. J. Barkauskas

The Common Core State Standards are well intentioned but, like most education policy, they have unintended consequences.  The technological demands that the Common Core places on some districts requires them to improve their telecommunications infrastructure in ways that do not help students in the classroom.  This essay argues that money could be better spent putting

Charters: The new face of American greed, by Jason Engerman

Charter schools are public schools operated by nongovernmental organizations. Although the law varies by state, in Pennsylvania, charter school operators are granted financial, curricular, and operational autonomy. This opinion piece argues that the financial autonomy of charter schools should be severely curtailed, as there are multiple examples of charter schools abusing public money. When public

Passing notes in class: Using note writing to build compassionate student-teacher relationships, by Kathryn Fishman-Weaver

I believe in passing notes in class. I’ve passed notes in my elementary, secondary, and higher education classrooms. Quick, personal notes, often on quarter sheets, running up the margins of a student’s paper, or most recently, via text message, are an easy and effective tool to build compassionate student-teacher relationships.  These relationships are essential for

The socialization of online K-12 schooling: What does it mean to be a member of an online-schooled society? by Bryan Mann and Saki Ikoma

  Consider the ideal depiction of an elementary school in the United States. The depiction would likely include images like hallways full of colorful bulletin boards and smiling kindergarteners, amicable teachers in classrooms instructing a group of third graders about how to use multiplication tables, and playgrounds with monkey bars from which hanging sixth graders peer at