Category: Education

An elementary student waits for her bus to leave school after dismissal.

The American Rescue Plan is a chance for a new beginning in education and teaching children, especially those with special needs

The following essay was written by Trina Tocco. She is a resident of Royal Oak and has two amazing children who attend Ferndale Public Schools. When the pandemic hit, I had to make a choice – either one of my children wouldn’t be able to participate in virtual school because of mental illness or I would have to put my […]

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A crowded class at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Public Universities are Under Attack from the Right; It’s Time to Support our State Higher Education System

I hear lots of folks talking about “our failing public education system” these days, and as a student of education there aren’t many conservative “talking points” that bother me more than this one. While much of this rhetoric lately has focused on the K-12 school reopening “debate”, the pandemic has also cast a bright light on the problems facing higher […]

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What Will Happen When All The Teachers Are Gone?

What Will Happen When All The Teachers Are Gone?

I really tried to see “both sides” of this “reopen the schools” debate for the longest time…I know how hard it is to try to get anything done with little kids at home in normal times–multiply that by 100 during this pandemic. And I get the frustration that comes with trying to juggle work, bills, child care, and all the […]

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I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

In spite of most of the US public being supportive of public education, our schools, and our children’s teachers, a small but vocal minority has been growing increasingly rambunctious about reopening schools. Recently, Dr. Ben Linas, a physician in Brookline, MA, added his apparently cranky voice to this debate, penning a piece for Vox titled, “I’m an epidemiologist and a […]

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On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields

On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields

Republican Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas spent some time today questioning President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardonas, and decided to focus on the issue of transgender students playing sports in school. Here’s what Sen. Marshall had to say… New Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (Kansas) also used his questioning time to push transphobia. Cardona quickly shut him […]

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The Forgotten Voices in the School Reopening Debate: Teachers

The Forgotten Voices in the School Reopening Debate: Teachers

The following post was written by an elementary school teacher. This person could be your neighbor…a friend…a family member…or just someone you know on social media. This teacher hasn’t shared how they feel with anyone outside of their family, because there is so much pushback from persons in their community, and angry demands that teachers “get back to work!”   […]

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The attack on public education is an attack on democracy – with special guest Jennifer Berkshire

The attack on public education is an attack on democracy – with special guest Jennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire on Twitter: @BisforBerkshire The Have You Heard podcast on Twitter: @HaveYouHeardPod Support the Have You Heard podcast by becoming a Patreon sponsor HERE. Buy A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door at wolfattheschoolhousedoor.com Veena Dubal and Juliet B. Schor at The New York Times: Gig Workers Are Employees. Start Treating Them That Way. Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Prop […]

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Stop Shaming Teachers into Reopening Schools

Stop Shaming Teachers into Reopening Schools

A friend of mine made a post on social media last night saying that she “wasn’t angry about people thinking schools should reopen,” and while I admire the measured tone and spirit of cooperation she displayed in her commentary, that sentiment left me feeling uneasy. Because I AM angry about people demanding schools reopen ASAP. I get the frustration, and the […]

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An educator’s hope for the next two years

An educator’s hope for the next two years

The following essay was written by Tina Beveridge. Tina is a veteran music educator of 17 years and is currently a 2nd year PhD student in music education at the University of Miami. It was first posted on her own blog Insert brilliant title here… Reader, I’m not going to lie. I felt an enormous weight lift when President Biden […]

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Storming of the US Capitol on 6 January 2021

Trump Has Incited…a Reckoning

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s attempted coup attempt by the sitting president of the United States, one thing is abundantly clear: There needs to be a major reckoning, and those responsible must be held accountable. We can’t function as a society if we have people among us who are so easily misled and hoodwinked.   People who believe that our […]

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We Told You…

We Told You…

The inestimable Ron French is out this week with a terrific article in Bridge on the exploding Covid crisis in Michigan’s schools, and the situation is indeed dire. Readers across the state must be wondering how we got here. “Kids don’t catch the virus!”, they said. “And if they do catch it, they don’t get sick!”, they said. Even if […]

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