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Our Prisons in Black and White

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War [...]

A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students

By Alex S. Vitale | Originally Published at The Nation. October 28, 2015 | Photographic Credit; WHNT. The mainstream media are abuzz with possible justifications for the videotaped brutalization of a South Carolina high-school student by a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school. CNN analyst and former [...]

Are Some Kids Really Smarter Just Because They Know More Words?

By Molly McManus, University of Texas at Austin | Originally Published at The Conversation. October 12, 2015 3.43am EDT Photographic Credit; Why is there so much attention being paid to ‘word gap’? Jeff Moore, CC BY-NC-ND Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids [...]

Georgia is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow

A Department of Justice investigation found that Georgia is giving thousands of kids with behavioral issues a subpar education and putting them in the same run-down buildings that served black children decades ago. By Marian Wang | Originally Published at ProPublica. July 29, 2015, 2:02 PM | [...]

How Good Dads Can Change the World

As well as fighting for women’s equality, we should be lobbying for men to be equal partners at home. The financial and cultural benefits would change our world. Tony has been accumulating identities. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants; his father was abusive. He’s a high [...]

I wish…I wish ‪#iwishmyteacherknew Me!

By Betsy L. Angert | Originally Published at EmpathyEducates. April 15, 2015 I wish…I wish ‪#iwishmyteacherknew is perhaps the most needed lesson and yet, it is the one most often repeatedly rejected. What troubles our children far more than testing or conventions are the questions, "Will I [...]

Virginia Tops Nation in Sending Students to Cops, Courts: Where does your state rank?

Kayleb Moon-Robinson was 11 years old last fall when charges — criminal charges — began piling up at school. Diagnosed as autistic, Kayleb was being scolded for misbehavior one day and kicked a trash can at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the Blue [...]

Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Have to be) for Everyone

I know a high school senior who’s so worried about whether she’ll be accepted at the college of her choice she can’t sleep. The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter [...]