DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos's confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs. DeVos has refused to say that she supports public schools, and is a strong advocate of diverting public monies away from the public schools. She has also suggested that public s … [Read more...]


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Failing Schools or High Child Poverty?

I was homeschooled in part because my parents were concerned about the quality of the local public schools. I grew up hearing that the U.S. was falling behind other countries in terms of academic achievement, and that our failing public school system was to blame. I grew up. I gritted my teeth and put my daughter in public school. I loved it. She loved it. She thrived. We moved to a new area, and again we put her in public school. Once again, I loved it, she loved it, and she thrived.And y … [Read more...]


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Christian Patriarchy on Educating Daughters

Okay, let's take a few minutes to hash out Christian Patriarchy's view towards women and education. I think this is necessary because I hear one side saying "you don't believe in educating girls" and the other side saying "no no no, we do educate our daughters, your accusations are ridiculous." So what is really going on here? I can't necessarily get at what the ordinary family on the ground is doing, but what I can get at is what the leaders of the movement say. So let's take a look, shall … [Read more...]


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Forward Thinking: The Purpose of Public Education

Forward Thinking is a values development project created in collaboration with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers. Dan is introducing our next prompt today (head on over to see it!), but in this post I will pull together some of the responses to this month’s prompt: “What is the purpose of public education?” In addition to reading these bloggers' responses, if this topic interests you make sure to head over to the original post and read the discussion in the comments.First we have some thought … [Read more...]


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How Can We Bridge the Culture Wars Divide?

A guest blogger at Feministe named Eve has written a wonderful post about the culture wars divide. She makes an argument for empathy, beginning by explaining how the bubble that is conservative evangelicalism can envelop a person's life and frame how they see the world around them. She finishes by raising big questions, questions about how we should go about bridging this divide and about whether it's even possible to do so. "I lived in that bubble my entire childhood. It glittered with the … [Read more...]


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