Education for Liberation!

Black Education for Black Liberation!

Perspectives on Critically Engaged Teaching and Race

In this series of related articles we present several alternatives to test-driven urban education “reforms”—alternatives that actively involve students in a critical analysis of their socially constructed environments, engaged discussions of race, and self-actualization. These essays hearken back to Twentieth Century theories of “critical pedagogy” championed by
writers such as Paulo Freire and Bell Hooks.
the race & poverty editors


White Flight Goes to College

by Anthony P. Carnevale & Jeff Strohl

White flight from the center city to better neighborhood schools in the leafy green suburbs has finally arrived on the nation's ivy-covered college campuses. The racial and ethnic stratification in educational opportunity entrenched in the nation's K-12 education system has faithfully reproduced itself across the full range of American colleges and universities.

African Americans' and Hispanics' access to postsecondary education over the past 15 years is a good news/ bad news story. Though African Americans and Hispanics scored big gains in access to postsecondary education, both groups are losing ground in their move up to the most selective colleges relative to their growing population shares.

The absolute numbers of African Americans and Hispanics going on to postsecondary institutions have increased markedly, but whites, African Americans and Hispanics are on separate and unequal pathways.

Anthony P. Carnevale is Director of the Georgetown Univ. Ctr. on Education & the Workforce. He has served as senior staff in both the U.S. Senate & House and was Political Director for AFSCME. Jeff Stohl is Research Director of the Georgetown Univ. Ctr. on Education & the Workforce. Both can be reached at cew.



The AFT, NEA And The Privatization Drive Against Public Education

by Jack Gerson

Jan 21, 2013

Jack Gerson, a long time leader and writer now retired from the Oakland Education Association OEA talks about the role of the AFT and NEA and the failure of the national education unions and the local unions to fight the destruction of public education through charters and privatization.
He discusses in this context the failure of the Alameda Labor Council to support a direct action to defend a public school and the lack of education about the forces behind privatization.

The presentation was made at a conference of the United Public Workers For Action UPWA in San Francisco on January 19, 2013 titled "Public Education, Privatization and The NEA/CTA, SEIU and AFT/CFT-What Can Education Workers, Students & Parents Do To Defend Public Education?

For further video go to: AFT Pres Weingarten On The Crisis In Education, Privatization & The Obama Administration "I started the Green Dot School in New York"

AFT Pres Weingarten Taking Money From Walton Foundation Controlled by Wal-Mart: Washington DC AFT Local 6 Pres Nathan A. Saunders Speaks
Production of United Public Workers For Action

Murky Waters: The Education Debate in New Orleans

Friday, 13 July 2012

By Adam Bessie and Dan Archer,

The Disaster CapitalismArcher and Adam Bessie offer part II of "The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform."

In our first episode of The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform, we exposed readers to the corporate philosophies and practices that compose "education reform," or G.E.R.M - The Global Education Reform Movement.[1] The current movement to reform our schools forwards a neoconservative economic agenda, one that strives to dramatically reduce the government's role in schooling and ultimately turn schools over to private enterprise. At the same time, these marketplace policies are carefully cloaked in the progressive rhetoric of social justice, with privatization of public education presented as the only path toward equality and civil rights for children in impoverished neighborhoods. As education advocate and parent Karran Harper Royal asked: "Who's going to argue against policies that supposedly help the minority kids?"

Indeed, most mainstream reporting has not gone beyond the social justice surface of G.E.R.M., especially in Royal's hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.[2] In our second installment, we hope to go beyond the hype of post-Katrina New Orleans. This report distills three extensive original interviews, including one with Royal, who has been actively involved in improving New Orleans schools since well before Hurricane Katrina hit. We also spoke with Professor Lance Hill, executive director of Tulane's Southern Institute for Education and Research, who has been active in improving New Orleans public education for decades and sent his children to its schools. And finally, we talked with Professor Terry Moe, a nationally recognized expert on school vouchers, who hails from Stanford's Hoover Institute, a right wing free-market think tank at which Milton Friedman - the inventor of vouchers and the father of G.E.R.M. - was a prominent fellow. Through these voices, we hope to take readers deep into the murky waters of the debate over the "New Orleans Experiment."

For a more immersive experience, click on our interactive version of the first two episodes, in which readers will find numerous links to additional reading embedded within in the images.

[1] Pasi Sahlberg Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? (New York: Teacher's College Press, 2011).

[2] For a thorough analysis of the corporate media coverage on education, see: Adam Bessie. "G.E.R.M. Warfare: How to Reclaim the Education Debate From Corporate Occupation." Project Censored 2013 (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012). Forthcoming in August.