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.

  • Texas: Special Session Ended, No Vouchers!

    The governor of Texas called a special session of the legislature, with two goals: 1. To enact a voucher program, despite recent studies agreeing that state voucher programs have negative results. 2. To pass a bill requiring transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with the gender on their birth certificate, which was overwhelmingly condemned […]

    Published: Wednesday, August 16th 2017 06:00 PM
  • A Mother in Douglas County, CO: The Damage Done by “Reformers” to Our Public Schools

    The following comment was posted on the blog in response to this post about the coming school board elections in Douglas County, Colorado. There, in the most affluent county in the state, corporate reformers swamped the previous school board elections with money and propaganda and elected a majority committed to privatization. Many of the district’s […]

    Published: Wednesday, August 16th 2017 05:00 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.

  • Sugar industry: here’s what we think about advice to eat less sugar

    I am a faithful subscriber to Jerry Hagstrom’s Hagstrom Report on issues having to do with agriculture.  He attended the International Sweetener Symposium in San Diego and took notes.  If you want to know how the sugar industry is dealing with the “eat less sugar” message, here are some hints (wish I’d been there): From […]

    Published: Wednesday, August 16th 2017 01:24 PM
  • Agroecology: it’s the hot issue in agriculture, but what does it mean?

    If you are like me, you may have trouble understanding what this term means, but it’s the hot new word in alternative agriculture. Farms of the Future says agroecology is the only way forward.  It is collecting signatures on a petition to make agricultural production practices tore ecological. But what does that mean, exactly? The Wikipedia […]

    Published: Tuesday, August 15th 2017 01:35 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

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.

  • Teaching Composing in the Classroom

    My own composing efforts began during my middle-school band classes in the early 1960s. Along with many other youngsters, I was given classes with a young composer named R. Murray Schafer, who documented our experiences and conversations in The composer in the classroom (1965). Here is a follow-up documentary of a similar program that Schafer […]

    The post Teaching Composing in the Classroom appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Sunday, June 18th 2017 06:41 PM
  • Musical Identities

    Many kind thanks to Raymond MacDonald, David J. Hargreaves, and Dorothy Miell for including us in your recent volume, Handbook of Musical Identities. There, we argue that explanations of why and how music making and listening contribute to many kinds of identity formation—including musical, personal, social, cultural, gendered, and ethical identity development—should begin with a concept of […]

    The post Musical Identities appeared first on Music Matters.

    Published: Wednesday, June 14th 2017 06:55 PM

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

David Kirkland - A Will to Love

Aesthetic musings on politics, education, and moral justice.

  • 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
  • IN THE END, LOVE WILL WIN, BUT WE WILL NEED AN EDUCATION FIRST

    On November 17, 1999, a Michigan jury found, then-13 year-old Nathaniel Abraham guilty of second-degree murder for a killing committed when Abraham was 11. At the time, the young African-American boy was believed to be the youngest American ever charged and convicted of murder as an adult. Abraham’s story reflects the heightening, yet longstanding, public […]

    Published: Sunday, July 24th 2016 03:40 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