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Good teachers use the N-word

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the senior White House staffer turned author, said recently during her book tour that she had heard a tape of President Donald Trump using the N-word during his time on the reality show The Apprentice. Trump denied the existence of any such tape, tweeting, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary […]

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How teachers should talk to students about Trump’s racism

President Trump’s language may not seem presidential, but people of color know too well his racism is aligned to a bigoted legacy that’s more the rule than the exception. If the country is going to progress, all students need to learn in this critical moment that American “greatness” can never come from exclusion.  Doing little to nothing amidst significant teachable moments around race has been U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ strategy so far, as […]

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Making elite colleges white again

A federal court ruled last week in Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard that Harvard University can continue considering race in its admissions processes. Among the many different attributes the Ivy League university looks for in a potential student, such as academic potential, extracurricular activities, community service, maturity, ethical decision-making and new points of view, […]

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AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them. The goal is for our computers to make humanlike judgments and perform tasks to make our lives […]

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Bold, progressive ideas aren’t unrealistic

Universal pre-K, which was once considered a pipedream for liberal Democrats, is coming closer to reality — because predominantly white conservatives in the deep red state of Alabama have decided to dream along with liberals. After decades of lobbying by early childhood advocates, local businessmen agreed to fund individual programs and initiatives, and used their […]

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We should all ‘go back’ — to the American founding ideal of shared struggle, despite our differences

President Trump’s racist attack on four congresswomen of color, his insistence on Twitter that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” showed that racism is a blunt object that hits many of us with equal force. Trump made little distinction between U.S. Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez […]