Unmasking the Linguistic Policing of Black and Brown Children in Today’s Schools: A Call to Action

Make no mistake: Black and Brown students are “stopped and frisked” relentlessly in schools for their linguistic and cultural identities.1 It is not hyperbole to assert that they are under linguistic surveillance. Many well-intentioned teachers in today’s schools enact pedagogies that dishonor Black and Brown students’ heritage languages, and I attribute this to an unflagging […]

Prototype: Colin Kaepernick, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Treatment of Black Boys and Men

On Friday, September 22, 2017, in a last-ditch effort to support Republican Senator Robert Strange (who currently occupies the senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions), the U.S. president asked a crowd of Alabama on-lookers if they would “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that […]

#BlackLivesMatter, Schooling, and The Miseducation of White People

Many of us laughed (sometimes nervously) and cringed while watching Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. This fictional horror movie depicts a young Black man who goes with his White girlfriend to her family home for a weekend. What ensues is sheer revelation. It is here that we catch a glimpse at what it means […]

Floodwaters that Linger: Examining the Inequitable Impact of Natural Disasters on Vulnerable Children

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is battering Caribbean islands and is taking aim at South Florida.  Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast, crippling coastal communities and creating unprecedented flooding in Houston, Beaumont, and surrounding areas. The floodwaters continue to linger, as rivers and bayous are so swollen with runoff that […]

FROM FRUITVALE TO DALLAS, FROM TRAYVON MARTIN TO MOTHER EMANUEL, FROM KENT STATE TO UNVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (Charlottesville)

When news of the terrorist attack in Charlottesville began to take center stage in our national conversation, I think I had just become numb and at the same time retroactive sensitive to all 135 instances of police abuses and bigotry against Black bodies, young Black male bodies in particular. Prior to social media telling the […]

Why the goal cannot be school integration

“Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods or tactics or strategy to reach a common objective. We have to keep in mind at all times that we […]

Misuse of Data in Educational Policy

Often in education, the policy directions of school districts, state education systems, and the federal Department of Education call for and rely on the effective use of data. Such terms as “data-driven classrooms,” or “data-driven instruction” are common, and rightfully so. While the language comes from the business world, educators and policymakers alike reasonably ought […]

Catch ’em Being Good

Most people are wired to notice things that don’t match our expectations.  We notice the person facing the wrong way in line or the person speaking loudly when everyone else is whispering.  In the same way our attention is drawn to student’s who are not meeting our behavioral expectations.  We notice the child who is […]

Without Sanctuary: Diego Ismael Puma Macancela and the State’s War on Vulnerable Students

Ossining High School senior Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was arrested in his home and taken to a deportation center on Thursday, June 8th—just days after his mother was arrested and taken to a deportation center. The high school senior was taken on the day of his prom. Ossining is a suburb in Westchester County, just […]

School Vouchers: What are they, and what does the research say?

The recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education has brought the issue of school choice – and particularly school vouchers – into the forefront of American education policy.  Secretary DeVos is a vocal supporter of school choice policies and, since her confirmation, has advocated for their expansion.  In addition, the […]