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.

  • Jeanne Kaplan on David Osborne’s Campaign for Privatization

    If you are old enough, you may remember that David Osborne was the guru of privatization and competition during the Clinton administration. His message was that public servants are lazy and unaccountable and need to compete with private vendors. That competition will make government workers try harder and deliver better service. That was more than […]

    Published: Thursday, October 19th 2017 05:00 PM
  • Mother Jones: New Mexico Reverses Course, Puts Science Back into the Curriculum

    Mother Jones earlier reported that the state of New Mexico had written science standards intended to placate climate change deniers and creationists. The state took modern science out of the science curriculum Now, Mother Jones reports with satisfaction that the state was embarrassed by the outcry against its cave-in to special interests and has restored […]

    Published: Thursday, October 19th 2017 04:00 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.

  • Childhood obesity: progress in the UK, not so much in the US

    FoodNavigator reports that Public Health England is taking on—what a concept!—calories as a means to prevent childhood obesity. It will be looking at ready-to-serve meals, pizzas, burgers, savory snacks, and sandwiches in an effort to help children cut back on the excess 200-300 calories a day they are currently consuming. The UK is planning targeted reductions […]

    Published: Thursday, October 19th 2017 01:13 PM
  • Keeping up with food politics: new reports

    Reports related to food politics flood in.  Here are a few from the last couple of weeks. The Nation: Special Issue on The Future of Food: Setting the Table for the Next Generation.  Forum: How to build a just, sustainable food system How scientists are creating crops that regenerate the soil they’re grown in How sapped […]

    Published: Wednesday, October 18th 2017 01:04 PM

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.

  • A Reply to Randall Allsup

    In his recent book, Remixing the Classroom, Professor Randall Allsup offers a postmodern concept of school music education. Unfortunately, his book contains many falsehoods about the praxial philosophy of music education. In our reply to Allsup, we analyze and refute his distortions of the praxial philosophy in Music Matters (2015). Published in Action, Criticism, and Theory […]

    The post A Reply to Randall Allsup appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Saturday, September 23rd 2017 01:03 PM
  • Hallelujah

    In the midst of today’s tragic social, political, racial, gendered, and other conflicts, can amateur and professional music makers and school and community music programs contribute to positive social and community transformations? Yes. To demonstrate our solidarity with and support for all those who are suffering we’ll post one example of active music making for […]

    The post Hallelujah appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Monday, September 4th 2017 02:45 PM

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

David Kirkland - A Will to Love

Aesthetic musings on politics, education, and moral justice.

  • What Charlottesville Means To Me

    Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth. –Malcolm X […]

    Published: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 01:08 AM
  • A Crusade for Billions? How a Betsy DeVos Department of Education Could Lead to a Massive Transfer of Public Funds into the Private Sector

    On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. […]

    Published: Friday, February 10th 2017 01:16 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

Lisa Stulberg - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Lisa Stulberg - The Huffington Post

For this project, she and her co-author have interviewed more than one hundred actors, athletes, musicians, activists, writers, and other high-profile advocates for LGBTQ social justice.

  • Celebrating Pride Beyond June: What We’re Reading This Summer and Why

    Co-authored by Nina Mauceri and Lisa M. Stulberg Nina’s Story about Stories When I was a kid I loved books. I would get lost

    Published: Monday, July 3rd 2017 05:43 AM
  • Rise Up! 'Hamilton' and Teaching for Social Justice

    I am writing this now as my New York University undergrads are taking their Social Movements final. They are flipping through blue book pages to answer an essay question about the role of media and pop culture in social change. And, as usual, "Hamilton" is the soundtrack playing in my head.

    Published: Wednesday, May 11th 2016 09:08 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

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 04:53 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 05:16 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 07:46 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: Monday, December 24th 2012 01:01 AM

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, Here is a little “gift” for you as you leave your precious one with me […]

    Published: Thursday, November 6th 2014 09:16 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 list more complaints, supported with examples, of parents not trusting teachers and not taking them […]

    Published: Thursday, November 6th 2014 09:06 PM

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 05:33 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 09:41 PM