Barack Obama with Bill Russell

Short Notes: Rustin Would Have Snickered At Clinton Onstage

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A few notes: This week, President Obama awarded Bayard Rustin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with notables such as Arturo Sandoval, Loretta Lynn, and Bill Clinton. I’m almost certain Bayard would have rolled his eyes at Bill Clinton, especially with regards to his proliferation of imprisonment. [Huffington Post] Andy Borowitz reports that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos clicked on his purchase of the Washington Post by mistake. Oops. [The New …

Bill Gates

Is Education The Same As Schooling?

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In the first piece of my two-part series on Bill Gates’ interview on teacher evaluation, I found myself perplexed by this college dropout, one of many, keeping with the same old adage that kids take tests all the time and that’s just a part of getting an education, so just deal with it. Of course, it led to many questions: How many tests actually determine whether they get to the …

A Draft Of My #TEDxRevolution Speech: A Kid’s Responsibility to Freedom

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I‘ll start by saying I’ve taught now for the better part of six years, all in public school. As an NYC Teaching Fellow, learning how to teach while teaching isn’t the best part of the job. Teaching, however, is. It’s a liberating experience because it’s the answer to the question of “What will you contribute to the Earth’s future?” Those of us who consider ourselves advocates hold high expectations when …

Young Malcolm X

Malcolm X [An Awesome Case Study For The Difference Between Schooling and Education]

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I hate case studies. A lot. They’re beautiful for story-telling and quirky books we can keep, like oral traditions and love poems. I just don’t find case studies particularly engaging. Yes, people can manipulate statistics ’til their face turns indigo, but people can hyperbolize the effect of one or two people without making sure that there’s a pattern for said behavior. Except when it comes to Malcolm X. Whenever he …