This Is the Perfect Illustration of Why Microaggressions Hurt


Panel 1 (Llelena, the main character in this comic, is a heavy, dark-skinned woman. She is standing in front of a mirror in her apartment that is placed above a table with a vase on it, smiling and pointing at her reflection.) Llelena: [...]

Lani Guinier on our Ivy League Meritocracy Lie


If you were a fan of the HBO series “The Wire,” you likely remember the scene in the fourth season focused on Baltimore public schools where the term “juking the stats” defined how corporate-driven reengineering of the public sphere has distorted public institutions so [...]

Customize Learning: Engage Students, Textbooks Not Required


> This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The educational reforms of the last 100 years are predicated on information scarcity. Today, not unlike the early 1900s, Children go to schools where [...]

Making Money Shouldn’t Be the Purpose of a College Education


As a Princeton professor, I really ought to love college rankings. The most famous of them, by U.S. News and World Report, currently places my employer first among national universities, nudging out Harvard and Yale. Forbes’s list of “America’s Top Colleges” has [...]

The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory


By Adam Bessie and Dan Carino | Graphic Journalism | Originally Published at TruthOut. August 24, 2014 00:00 Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Can you help sustain TruthOut work with a tax-deductible donation? For a more immersive experience, readers will find documentation and links [...]

“Stop Fearing Our Children”: Why Juvenile Incarceration Needs to Go


"Children, it turns out, will never thrive in storage," Nell Bernstein writes in the recently released Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison. It's a statement that shouldn't seem radical. (I Googled "thrive in storage," just to make sure, and it [...]

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League


In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We—that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s office, and me, the faculty representative—were going through submissions from eastern Pennsylvania. The applicants had been assigned [...]