Posted inAndre Perry

COLUMN: Schools should do much more to protect young women from sexual abuse

Last week, survivors of sexual abuse spoke to Congress about a new FBI report outlining the disastrous investigation into Larry Nassar, the former USA gymnastics physician. As one survivor, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, put it, “They had legal, legitimate evidence of child abuse and did nothing.” Beginning as early as the mid-1990s, Nassar abused […]

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COLUMN: New Orleans students are still vulnerable to Ida and other future storms

Is there any school district whose students experienced more disruptions than those in New Orleans? Between the major storms of Katrina and Ida there have been dozens of hurricanes and tropical storms that have interrupted students’ schooling in that city for extended periods. The New Orleans school board tries to make up lost learning time, […]

Posted inRace and Equity

COLUMN: Now imagine if your school closed for good

Adapted and reprinted from Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities by Andre Perry, with permission from Brookings Institution Press, © 2020 by Brookings Institution. “When will schools open?” It’s a question that parents, employers and school leaders are struggling to answer amid a national pandemic that doesn’t seem to be letting […]

Posted inHigher Education

COLUMN: Tenure protects free speech. Racism threatens to undo it

I guess higher education isn’t the bastion of liberalism that conservatives grouse about. Bowing to pressure from conservatives, the board overseeing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill denied tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead author and director of The 1619 Project, a special issue of The New York Times Magazine that commemorated the 400-year anniversary […]

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COLUMN: Higher education is the key to the new infrastructure system we need

In March, President Joe Biden introduced the American Jobs Plan, a $2.7 trillion infrastructure bill that endeavors to put people to work by addressing historic discrimination, climate change, broadband access, and labor rights — on top of building and repairing roads and bridges. A day after Biden announced the proposal, the Republican National Committee denounced […]

Posted inElementary to High School

COLUMN: ‘Stand by.’ ‘Shut up.’ Is this really what we want to teach our children?

Frustrated by interruptions from President Donald Trump at the first presidential debate, an exasperated former Vice President Joe Biden blurted, “Would you shut up, man?” Biden sounded like a bad substitute teacher who was being overrun by a belligerent child. During that exchange, I turned to my 9-year-old son, who was sitting next to me, […]

Posted inColumnists

COLUMN: Cancel all student debt

Renowned education reformer Horace Mann said in 1848, “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men — the balance wheel of the social machinery.” Numerous reformers have used similar language to express variations of that idea, including that education is the civil rights issue of our time. They were […]