Don’t Mourn. Organize

Don’t mourn Bernie Sanders loss in the Democratic primary. It was neither the death nor a setback for a progressive movement. In fact, his success is the most hopeful sign in decades. And hope is far more productive than despair. If progressives go on to organize and vote strategically to increase the likelihood of further success it is just the beginning. […]

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The Strange Fruit of the Equity and Empathy Gap

Each morning with alarming regularity, fresh evidence reinforces my perception that the malignancy of virulent hate and violence is worsening. Such is the strange fruit of the equity and empathy gap. It is too easy to succumb to hopelessness. Instead, we need to call out the causes and act. Inequity is the fuel that feeds […]

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Who Is In Our Circle of Respect?

Who is in our circle of respect?   …. We are at a historic inflection point. On the one hand, ascendant racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and anti-intellectualism harkens back to darker times. On the other, addressing inequity is at the center of the current election cycle. We elected an African-American president twice and the Democratic candidates are a woman and a Democratic-Socialist Jew. […]

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An Injury to One is Still an Injury to All

With threats and forecasts of continued Trumpian political violence in the news, it is time to reframe public discussion about persistent poverty, racism, and inequality….Progressives- and in fact, all people of good will- need to reassert and embrace the political, social and economic case for, “An injury to one is an injury to all.” We […]

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Memo to Clinton and Sanders: Competition is Not a Healthy Choice for School Improvement

Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It hasn’t happened anywhere, nor is there evidence that it can….Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It […]

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How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

…. At King’s writing in 1963, he decried the entreaties of “moderates” to be patient, to engage in less direct action, to accept slow incremental changes. Today, the brakes on transformational change come with the dogma of pragmatism. Especially in education policy, the politics of social justice and equality denial have taken a more cynical turn. […]

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