Faculty and Class Blogs

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Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net (read all posts)

Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net

A site to discuss better education for all.

  • Union Membership in a Community Boosts the Life Chances of Children

    The New York Times reported a new study showing the value of union membership in boosting academic achievement. Not only does union membership raise the wages of working people, which means a better standard of living for children, but it leads to policies that help schools and children. It is well established that unions provide […]

    Published: Tuesday, October 6th 2015 12:00 PM
  • Los Angeles: Is the Board Getting Ready to Stop Privatization?

    Los Angeles parent activist Karen Wolfe went to a meeting of the Associsted Administrators of Los Angeles, which was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. As she listened to LAUSD members speak, she thought she heard a faint rumble, growing louder by the minute. She wondered if she really was hearing them […]

    Published: Tuesday, October 6th 2015 11:00 AM

Marion Nestle - Food Politics (read all posts)

Marion Nestle - Food Politics

Marion Nestle blogs about her work in field of nutrition, dietetics, and food policy.

  • Two rare industry-funded studies with results that must have disappointed the funders

    Consumption of Honey, Sucrose, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup Produces Similar Metabolic Effects in Glucose-Tolerant and -Intolerant Individuals.  Susan K Raatz, LuAnn K Johnson, and Matthew J Picklo.  J. Nutr. 2015; 145:2265-2272 doi:10.3945/jn.115.218016  Conclusions: Daily intake of 50 g carbohydrate from honey, sucrose, or HFCS55 for 14 d resulted in similar effects on measures of glycemia, lipid […]

    Published: Tuesday, October 6th 2015 11:21 AM
  • Soda Politics is published—today!

    Today is the official publication date for Soda Politics.  This means it should now be available in bookstores and open for review and comment.   For more information, see the book page for it on this site.  There you will find the blurbs, reviews, media interviews, and the list of media resources—videos, audios, music, movies, commercials, and […]

    Published: Monday, October 5th 2015 09:57 AM

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post

Lisa Young discusses nutrition education and public policy

  • 9 Foods This Nutritionist Stocks in Her Kitchen

    While everyone -- including me -- loves to indulge on occasion, eating well at least 80 percent of the time is the key to staying healthy. And surrounding ourselves with nutritious foods certainly helps us to make healthy food choices. Here are nine healthy foods I try stock in my kitchen regularly.

    Published: Tuesday, October 6th 2015 08:25 AM
  • Size Matters! 10 Simple Strategies to Overcome Portion Distortion

    The study suggests that legislation, price incentives, and marketing strategies may be needed to help bring about significant reductions in our food portions.

    Published: Friday, September 18th 2015 05:09 PM

Mark Crispin Miller - News From Underground (read all posts)

Mark Crispin Miller - News From Underground

News From Underground is a daily e-news service run by Mark Crispin Miller

David Elliott - Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education (read all posts)

David Elliott - Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education

David Elliott and Mariss Silverman discuss an integrated sociocultural, participatory, and ethics-based concept of the natures and values of musics, education, musical understanding, and more.

  • What is music? Why ask? Who cares?

    Why do music teachers need to think carefully about what music is? Can’t we stop “thinking” and just teach music? Music is conceptually, culturally, emotionally, and politically complex, ambiguous, and ever-changing. This is why philosophers call terms like music “essentially contested concepts.” Contested concepts are culturally situated and value-laden ideas that resist conclusive definitions and consensus. So, […]

    The post What is music? Why ask? Who cares? appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Sunday, September 27th 2015 01:36 PM
  • To train or educate, that is the question

    Why should we care about distinctions between “education” and “training”? Philosopher Peter Rickman gives important reasons: “A father is supposed to have said: ‘If my daughter told me she was getting sex education in school I’d be pleased. If she told me she got sex training I’d go straight to the police.’” Rickman continues by explaining […]

    The post To train or educate, that is the question appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Thursday, September 24th 2015 04:34 PM

David Kirkland - A Will to Love (read all posts)

David Kirkland - A Will to Love

Aesthetic musings on politics, education, and moral justice.

  • My Teacher Told Me Lies: An Essay on Why I Can’t With the Fourth of July

    Since I was very young, I’ve wondered a lot about this curious yet elusive concept: freedom. I wondered why my second grade teacher told me that the United States gained independence on July 4, 1776. I wondered why I believed her even though three of my older cousins, two uncles, and six neighbors from the […]

    Published: Saturday, July 4th 2015 07:36 PM
  • What Would Jesus Do? On Faith and Marriage Equality

    I am a Christian. Do you know what that means? But before you judge me, know that I fully support marriage equality. When I first declared my support for marriage equality, other “Christians” professing the Faith looked at me with sudden scorn, a visceral kind of hatred concealed in judgment and in other cloaked sentiments […]

    Published: Wednesday, July 1st 2015 01:27 AM

Pedro Noguera - Urban Sociologist (read all posts)

Pedro Noguera - Urban Sociologist

Pedro Noguera researches the ways schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment

  • The Roots of Baltimore's Violence

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has called for calm and a return to normal. But "normal" in Baltimore is precisely the problem. What has passed for "normal" in Baltimore and countless other communities like it throughout America is unsustainable, and should be seen as unacceptable.

    Published: Wednesday, April 29th 2015 12:53 PM
  • Accountability for Whom?

    It is sad and ironic that in this era when the mantra about accountability in education is mouthed repeatedly by policymakers, those who have the most authority accept no accountability for the system they have managed and created.

    Published: Wednesday, April 15th 2015 01:16 PM

David Darts - Art and Art Professions (read all posts)

David Darts - Art and Art Professions

David Darts researches convergence between contemporary art and media, technology, education and democracy.

  • Nomads

    I taught a course this Fall at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus called Nomads which asked the question: What can the unique human ecology and worldview that emerges from mobile ways of life teach us about human ingenuity and culture? This course used the lenses of philosophy, art, and design to examine the history, influence, and […]

    Published: Tuesday, February 17th 2015 01:21 PM
  • PirateBox Camp 2014

    PirateBox Camp 2014 took place at La Coroutine in Lille, France July 12-13. The Camp brought together over 25 developers, hackers, and artists for a weekend of hacking, teaching, and vegan food eating. Check out the full set of Camp pics here.

    Published: Saturday, October 25th 2014 05:24 AM

Gary Anderson - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Gary Anderson - The Huffington Post

Gary Anderson blogs for the Huffington Post about Educational Policy.

  • Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

    While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

    Published: Wednesday, January 14th 2015 02:51 PM
  • How Should Educators Respond to the Gun Lobby?

    Talk of elementary schools as "soft targets" and making them "harder targets" or having more "boots on the ground" is everywhere in the media. Saner voices are promoting a restorative justice approach to school safety that aims at the school culture and seeks through mediation to build relationships.

    Published: Sunday, December 23rd 2012 08:01 PM

Fabienne Doucet - (Re)Constructing Home and School (read all posts)

Fabienne Doucet - (Re)Constructing Home and School

Fabienne Doucet's blog related to her work on the relationship between home and school.

  • A Counternarrative

    Imagine if at the beginning of every school year, teachers greeted parents with some variation of the following. In a plastic baggie, place a cotton ball, a tissue, and a tea bag, along with the following poem: Dearest Kindergarten Parents,…

    Published: Thursday, November 6th 2014 04:16 PM
  • Example 2: What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

    In this article, teacher and school founder Ron Clark sets a combative tone for telling parents what their teachers really wish they could tell them if they could, beginning with, “For starters, we are educators, not nannies.” Clark goes on to…

    Published: Thursday, November 6th 2014 04:06 PM

Perry N. Halkitis - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Perry N. Halkitis - The Huffington Post

Perry Halkitis examines the intersection between the HIV, drug abuse, and mental health.

  • The Disease That Defined My Generation

    For those of us who came or were coming of age during the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, our experiences were shaped by this epidemic that was devastating our country and taking countless lives.

    Published: Thursday, September 25th 2014 03:06 PM
  • Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?

    I would like to think that those advocating treatment as prevention ultimately have the health of HIV-positive individuals in mind first and foremost. But my immersion into the UK system this last month has led me to wonder about the motivation that underlies this approach.

    Published: Tuesday, January 21st 2014 03:59 PM

Niobe Way - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Niobe Way - The Huffington Post

Niobe Way researches how schools, families, and peers as well as larger political and economic contexts influence developmental trajectories

  • Why Are Boys So Violent?

    The deep secrets of boys and men, according to the research, is that they have the same desire for connection and close friendships as girls and women and that many of our cultural norms of masculinity are hurting rather than helping boys find what they need and want.

    Published: Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 11:53 AM
  • Penn State and the Crisis of Masculinity

    It's time we understand that being human and being a man should be one and the same; that the reason why we have survived for so long as a species is because we, men and women, care about others and respond when others are in danger and need our help.

    Published: Monday, November 14th 2011 08:57 AM

Nick Mirzoeff - For the Right to Look. New approaches to visuality (read all posts)

Nick Mirzoeff - For the Right to Look. New approaches to visuality

Can convergent digital technologies offer qualitative as well as quantitative means for such a convergence?

  • Occupy Climate Change!

    Occupy climate change! Why? Because the transformations that Occupy seeks in social and economic life are the same as those needed to sustain conditions suitable for human and non-human life on our planet. So the phrase “occupy climate change” is correctly understood to mean “the political economy of sustaining the biosphere and the cultural imaginary.” [...]

    Published: Wednesday, December 21st 2011 12:33 PM
  • The Force of Law #OWS

    For the past few days, Occupy locations have reverberated to the sound of the force of law. I mean this literally. I was awakened at 3.30am on November 15 by the sound of what I think were helicopters above lower Manhattan. The combination of police barricades and the closure of the subways meant that no [...]

    Published: Wednesday, November 16th 2011 04:41 PM