Tony L. Talbert

An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context

By Tony L. Talbert and Jason Trumble

Every student arrived with a smartphone. Ask a question, and instantly, thumbs began to effortlessly search for a digital answer. High school history had changed during my 21 year absence from teaching it. Now a professor of education at Baylor University, I returned to a local area public high school last fall on a research […]

Students at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi participate in a mock funeral to protest the university's decision to eliminate several academic programs. (Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report)

Poorest states cut what experts say could help the most: higher ed

By Jon Marcus

CLEVELAND, Mississippi—Conor Bell may give up on the Mississippi Delta. Bell is a junior at a public university in the heart of this poorest corner of the poorest state in America—the birthplace of the blues. But the program that drew him here is being shut down. Bell studies journalism, victim of newly announced cuts to […]

The Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail computer game lingers, amid a slew of new educational games

By Nichole Dobo

A computer game invented by Minnesota history a teacher in the late 1970s might seem like a bore these days, with its lo-fi graphics and lack of interactivity. The Oregon Trail remains a common denominator for American students born in that generation. It has its own meme. BuzzFeed publishes cheeky lists dedicated to it — […]

Parent activist Winter Hall talks about her daughter’s low-performing school at the Nov. 15 Parent Power convention in Los Angeles. (Photo: Parent Revolution)

Is this is what the next phase of the ‘parent trigger’ movement looks like?

By Brenda Iasevoli

The news earlier this month from the Los Angeles superintendent’s office was deceptively simple: “I remain committed to the community and expanded parent choice as it relates to the education of our children.” Implicit in that statement is a decision, one of the first from the newly installed schools’ chief Ramon Cortines, that could have […]

The after-school program at East Fordham Academy in the Bronx is filled to capacity and has children on a waiting list. (Photo: Meredith Kolodner)

NYC’s ramped-up after-school programs offer safety, supper and sports

By Meredith Kolodner

NEW YORK CITY — Thousands of kids stream into Fort Greene Park each afternoon as local middle and high schools let out, but Daquan McKethan is no longer among them. On a recent Wednesday, the seventh-grader was two blocks away ensconced in a basketball scrimmage at his school, where he now stays until 6 p.m. […]

A community volunteer checks out the playground at Bow Elementary school. Excellent Schools Detroit, a Detroit-based nonprofit, rates all schools and preschool programs in the city based on test scores and unscheduled volunteer visits. (Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz)

Can Detroit attract middle-class families to one of the worst school systems in the country?

By Sarah Butrymowicz

DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed […]

School kids to New Orleans bureaucrats: Show us the money

By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS – School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6. It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over […]

Protesters listen to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

As a police officer kills without consequence in Ferguson, let’s look at profiling, education’s silent serial killer for black kids

By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS — It took 14 weeks for the Grand Jury in Ferguson to decide no charges will be filed against the officer in Michael Brown’s shooting. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch noted that numerous eyewitnesses gave different accounts of what happened on August 9, 2014. But we don’t need a jury to tell […]


Unaccompanied minors bring hope, past trauma to American schools

By Lillian Mongeau

Brandon, 18 and a recent immigrant from Guatemala, jumped eagerly into a recent conversation exercise in his English language class. He was supposed to ask a classmate, “What color are your eyes?” With liquid brown eyes of his own, and carefully cultivated biceps, the Oakland International High School student had no intention of wasting this […]


In rural Mississippi, optimism for Common Core

By Jackie Mader

LAMBERT, Miss. — It’s early morning in Tyler Corbin’s third-grade math class at Quitman County Elementary, and Corbin is about to teach his students how to divide. He draws 24 stars on his electronic whiteboard, and then draws three circles below them. With the class counting along, he drags stars one at a time into the circles to create three equal groups.

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