Faculty and Class Blogs

Below you will find blog posts from faculty members about their research and scholarly work as well as classes discussing online. Read and interact! Where appropriate, please post a comment or question and let us know your thoughts.

Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net (read all posts)

Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net

A site to discuss better education for all.

  • Mike Klonsky: #ResignRahm is Trending on Twitter

    Mike Klonsky reports the latest talk in Chicago.   Talk of the town: #ResignRahm

    Published: Tuesday, December 1st 2015 01:16 AM
  • New Thought: When Tests Are Harder, More Students Fail

    New York policy makers saw a problem: too many students were failing the Algebra exam required for graduation. Result: more kids failed. What happens next? The tests will be made harder. What do you think will happen now? Will the policymakers blame teachers? Will the public figure out that making tests harder increases the failure […]

    Published: Monday, November 30th 2015 11:29 PM

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.

  • Chipotle’s E. coli outbreak is nearly over, still a mystery

    The CDC’s latest update on the food safety problems at Chipotle says whatever food or ingredient caused 45 people to become ill with E. coli is still unknown. Bill Marler, the food safety attorney who tracks such things, offers a history of previous Chipotle outbreaks from 2008-2015; these involved Norovirus, Salmonella, hepatitis A, campylobacter, and now an STEC […]

    Published: Monday, November 30th 2015 08:39 AM
  • Weekend Reading: Kima Cargill on Food Psychology

    Kima Cargill.  The Psychology of Overeating: Food and the Culture of Consumerism.  Bloomsbury, 2015. I did a blurb for this one: Psychologist Kima Cargill takes a tough, critical look at today’s consumerist culture from the perspective of research as well as of observations drawn from her clinical experience with patients struggling with weight issues. To […]

    Published: Friday, November 27th 2015 03:39 PM

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

David Kirkland - A Will to Love

Aesthetic musings on politics, education, and moral justice.


    To be certain, there are things, manifold things, for which to be thankful: family and friends, smiles and laughter, surprises and second chances. There is the breath of life that animates lungs, and the distant sun that rubs warmth on burdened backs. There is also the never-ending menu of fresh produce that, as if by […]

    Published: Friday, November 27th 2015 08:56 PM
  • 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

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post

Lisa Young discusses nutrition education and public policy

  • 5 Sensible Tips to Keep From Becoming an Obesity Statistic

    While lots more needs to be down on a policy level -- subsidizing fruits and vegetables, capping oversize portions, taxing soda and junk food, and limiting food marketing to children -- there are lots of things YOU can do to keep from becoming an obesity statistic.

    Published: Friday, November 20th 2015 07:52 AM
  • 5 Kitchen Tweaks That Could Lead to a Slimmer Waist

    Here are five simple things you can do to create a healthier kitchen environment. You may even lose a few pounds along the way.

    Published: Thursday, November 5th 2015 08:49 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.

  • How old is music? Why ask?

    Raymond MacDonald, an eminent music psychologist, asserts a widespread belief: “We are all musical. Every human being has a biological, social, and cultural guarantee of musicianship.” Music “is a universal behavior,” writes ethnomusicologist Alan Merriam. Ethnomusicologist John Blacking agrees: “Every known human society has what trained musicologists would recognize as music.” Is there any evidence that […]

    The post How old is music? Why ask? appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Thursday, October 15th 2015 12:55 PM
  • 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

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

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