Archive for the ‘Schools’ Category

The recent death of Chris Jones, attributed to a gang in suburbia has sparked more hysteria about the violence, gangs, and most importantly race without mentioning race.

This past week, renowned Psychologist Richard Nisbett published an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled, “Education Is All in the Mind.” While I’ve come to respect Nisbett for his research and advocacy against polemics such as The Bell Curve, his recent piece misses the mark. The central issue is that Nisbett privileges psychological factors over other factors and leaves the reader to think what it takes to repair schools essentially are “mind games.”

Over a year ago, controversy over the Kahlil Gibran International Academy unfolded, if you don’t know who Kahlil Gibran was stop reading and click here – yeah, he’s that important, in Brooklyn. The visible battle over the mission of the school, its practices, and its leadership put the academy in the national spotlight for discussions of ethnicity, language, religion and identity. But soon, this spotlight faded and many have forgotten that the school still is in operation. Colorlines runs a great web article by Seth Wessler entitled, “Silenced in the classroom” on what is happening with the school now.

Next Stop Education

December 16, 2008 · 0 Comments

Recently, Roland Fryer – economist, NYC Public Schools’ Chief Equity Officer, and the public’s latest cat’s meow, was on the […]

Over the past week, the media and everyone who could jump on the bandwagon of wagging fingers, frowned brows, and […]

This weekend, October 17th-19th City College hosts the first CUNY Social Forum. Come out and have your voice heard and develop plans to make CUNY the university system that it was meant to be.

Playing the Rape Card

September 22, 2006 · 19 Comments

The other day I was inspired to write on the “race card.” Today I woke up and was driven to […]

In high school I remember purchasing Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black men in America and reading part of Sterling Brown’s […]

Black and in School

June 24, 2006 · 4 Comments

There a couple of things recently that have peeked my interest as it relates to race and education. As you […]