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  1. It's what the textbooks say ***NEW***
    05 Mar, 2019
    It's what the textbooks say ***NEW***
    Can we believe what our textbooks tell us? While school books both past and present have been widely critiqued as misleading, incomplete or in some cases, intentionally false,  most educators would agree that the messages textbooks contain carries a certain authority.. Because the books schools adopt as vehicles for conveying knowledge, ideas and ideologies have been selected as 'official' media for learning, they are  accepted uncritically as sources of 'factual' information as well as values,
  2. House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings on Why We Need to Learn to Get Along
    02 Mar, 2019
    House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings on Why We Need to Learn to Get Along
    On closing the agonizing seven hours of testimony by Michael Cohen last week, during which many Committee members displayed a new low in directing personal attacks against both the witness and each other, Chairman Cummings had this to say in his closing remarks: “It sounds like you’re crying out for a new normal—for us getting back to normal...It sounds to me like you want to make sure that our democracy stays intact.”  Without doubt, many educators listening to these remarks thought immediately
  3. New Report Tells Students: "You Have a Right to Schools That are Safe."
    24 Jan, 2019
    New Report Tells Students: "You Have a Right to Schools That are Safe."
    A new report released in January by the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development describes a growing movement that seeks to re-envision learning in America that will ultimately transform the country from a nation at risk to a nation of hope. National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development. Traveling across the country for two years and listening to young people, parents, teachers and community leaders, among others, members of the
  4. SLM supports student movement to end gun violence in America
    03 Apr, 2018
    SLM supports student movement to end gun violence in America
    On Saturday, March 24, I stood on the sidelines and watch as students rallied in Concord, New Hampshire for an end to gun violence in America.  I felt at that moment that despite numerous calls and popular support for common sense gun laws, we had failed them. Failed to successfully confront the NRA propaganda machine, failed to prevent the massacres of innocent children and teenagers, failed to vote out the legislators who opposed reinstating the automatic weapons ban.  Yet, it is becoming
  5. #DignityisPriceless
    05 Feb, 2018
    #DignityisPriceless
    The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) provides education and social services to over 500,000 Palestinian children and young people in its five fields of operation.  In spite of many daunting challenges, including maintaining schooling for children caught up in the civil war in Syria, UNRWA is recognized as one of among the highest quality systems in the Middle East.  Historically, the US has been a major contributor to UNRWA in the interest of maintaining stability in the region and