The Underground Railroad

  I'm not going to write a long review because these two pieces at NYRB and the New Yorker capture the importance, artistic oddities and intellectual range of Whitehead's novel far better than I could ever do. I think you should read the novel and then read both those reviews. It's a historical novel but it … Continue reading The Underground Railroad

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New York City Educational Reform, Then and Now: Charter Schools, Community Control, and the Strike of 1968

Over the past month, I've been subbing in charter schools in New York City and writing about the experience. This longer, culminating essay is a messy attempt at historicizing present-day charter school reform, with a discussion of a completely different kind of reform that was briefly on the table in the late 1960s.  ***** Bird’s-Eye … Continue reading New York City Educational Reform, Then and Now: Charter Schools, Community Control, and the Strike of 1968

Law and Order, Chaos, and the Attempted Force-Feeding of Presidential Antics to Intelligent Children in a Time of State-Sanctioned Terror

Dean of Students: "Did you finish your work?" Student: Dean: "So why are you acting a fool right now?" Student: "Because my name is Trump." *** The 5th grade teacher's lesson plan began with instructions for me to stream the "CNN 10" -- the "news in ten minutes" on cnn.com. Then we would discuss what we … Continue reading Law and Order, Chaos, and the Attempted Force-Feeding of Presidential Antics to Intelligent Children in a Time of State-Sanctioned Terror