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Elizabeth Warren’s Black Lives Matter speech was the best one yet. It’s still not enough.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president, but she can still make a splash. On Sunday, it was with a full-throated speech on racial inequality and …

Middle-class

New competency-based program aims to improve teacher education

Former Teachers College president and current president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Arthur Levine is turning his decade of …

"Throwing Out the Clock" on Teacher Education

As I have written before, the United States is experiencing profound, continuous, and accelerating change as the country makes a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital information economy. All of our social institutions -- schools, government, media, health care …

Education

This teacher tells students not to be 'color blind' -- here's why

Following the recent events featured in the media such as the riots in Baltimore that came after the fatal shooting of Freddie Gray, Rachel Dolezal …

Hollywood’s Still Racist: Why the Deadline ‘Ethnic Casting’ Piece Is Dangerous

A story alleging that the rise in diversity on TV is “too much of a good thing” is properly ruffling feathers. But it reveals a sad truth: Hollywood …

Shonda Rhimes

In 20 States, The Schools With The Most Minority Students Spend The Least

"We still have school systems that are fundamentally separate and unequal," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a call with reporters today.<p>"We still have school systems that are fundamentally separate and unequal," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a call with reporters today. …

Education

Education Is Not Great Equalizer for Black Americans

Gaps in wealth, not in education, between black and white families may be the most powerful force locking Americans into their social class.<p>In the story of the American Dream, education and a good job are supposed to erase the class differences into which we are born and open opportunity to anyone …

Demographics
Black History

The Western Journal

Obama on Ferguson: 'They weren't just making it up'

President Obama upholds decision not to charge Ferguson officer while denouncing police racism.<p>President Barack Obama on Friday defended the Department of Justice’s decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager last year – …

Justice
Race & Ethnicity

Teacher Education Should Not Be Compromised

I can’t help but feel worried about teacher education. You know, university courses for learning our craft. Today I ran into some unfortunate stories …

Education
Education

FBI director confronts police, race relations: 'We are at a crossroads'

Weighing in on the issue of police and race relations, FBI Director James B. Comey said Thursday that because patrol officers generally spend most of their time dealing with criminals, they may have a hard time believing that someone "could be innocent."<p>Comey, speaking at Georgetown University in …

Black History

Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased

Fierce debates about biased policing continue to resonate across the United States, and they’re playing out on front pages again after a special investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri police department. The investigators concluded that the white police officer who shot Michael Brown, a black …

Policing

Restore the True Spirit of ESEA

The single most important issue facing the 114th Congress is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a law whose primary purpose when it was originally passed was to alleviate the conditions of poverty that often cripple the ability of educators to meet our …

The Limits of Talking About Privilege to Teenagers

Getting private-school kids outside of their bubbles is more valuable than introducing them to the elite academic subculture a few years early.<p>In Manhattan, educators at several private schools have decided that one of the best ways to teach white kids about race is to have them discuss it with …

Education

Orlando Patterson: Black youth have values consistent with mainstream America

50 years after the Moynihan report, renowned Harvard sociologist talks Ferguson, respectability politics and Cosby<p>With their new anthology, "The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth," Dr. Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse, in collaboration with numerous scholars from some of the country’s …

Bill Cosby

Black Women Leaders Talk About the Power of Education

Women Leaders

'Little Ballers' Documentary Teaches Us That Black Boys Aren't Monolithic

Different players across the NBA have something in common: they once played basketball with the AAU, aka the Amateur Athletic Union, a non-profit organization that provides sporting activities for kids across the country. One film sheds light on the dreams, challenges, wins and losses of youth in …

Howard University Changed My Life

I will always have a place in my heart for Howard University. Its new president, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, is about to be inaugurated. I taught for a decade at its law school in northwest Washington, D.C., as the first Asian-American law professor there.<p>Founded after the Civil War to uplift …

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of a typical year, these organizations disagree on many matters of public policy.<p>But right now all of the organizations are focused on what unites, …

17 Times Influential Black Women (Other Than Beyoncé) Were Totally #Flawless

Beyoncé has more or less put a trademark on the word “***Flawless” to describe herself, but she’s far from the only black woman out there showing …

African-American News

Starbucks's Howard Schultz Goes Where CEOs Fear to Tread: Race Relations | Inc.com

Like any entrepreneur, Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, is used to making tough decisions. But he also is willing to tackle tough issues, even those other founders and CEOs routinely duck.<p>Nowhere, perhaps, is this more evident than in Schultz's recent comments on race relations. …

Race Relations