The link between poverty and (mis)education

When it comes to economic inequality, and the cycle of poverty, I have been researching at my internship (New Haven Reads) how the lack of proper education contributes to the cycle of poverty. Specifically, the lack of suitable education, or education at all, provided for women creates a cycle of illiteracy, which results in the […]

I wish I’d written this, Part CCXX

Sally sends this: “The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside.” I think it’s an interesting take on the Elites Don’t Get White Pain,” or some such thing. Here’s a tough part: At some point during the discussion, “That’s your education talking,” will be said, derogatorily, as a general dismissal of […]

The most and least educated among U.S. religions

If you run your finger down the list, there’s my beloved “Churches of Christ,” with just 18 percent with a college degree. This is astounding to me. There was a lot of talk about college in my youth group. We were all going, period. I think I always assumed that was the attitude at all […]

Rapture = School’s out forever

The Texas state Supreme Court has sided with a family that chose not to educate their children whilst awaiting the Rapture. The court did not, however, define how and whether home-schooled students should be educated. (For you uninitiated, here’s more on what means “the Rapture.”) As Mike the Heathen says — well, I stole the […]

Because I’m one proud teacher…

Please, if you have a moment, go to the blog written by students in my COMM4500 class (a senior seminar at University of New Haven). At the beginning of the year, I had each student write down what they knew about wealth and income inequality. Some were pretty well informed, and some, not so much, but […]

Why do we keep lying to children?

Sherry sends a story about Texas education policy, from the Washington Post. So, really: How do you teach the Civil War while only lightly touching on slavery? How many more generations will be taught that states’ rights — not slavery — was the issue? Because let me tell you, once those children grow up and […]

If something sounds too good to be true…

…then run — don’t walk — the other way. The recent Congressional budget agreement promises to do all kinds of magical things, but mostly? From Robert Greenstein, founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the agreement, if approved: would eviscerate substantial parts of the federal government — including parts that have […]

Ever wonder what happened to the children of Katrina?

They scattered. The dropped out of school. The storm blew a hole in their lives that has yet to be filled. Read this report, from The Hechinger Report. It’s quite and includes stories of lives interrupted, never to be begun again. New Orleans, according to Tulane University’s Cowen Institute, has the third highest percentage of […]