Just 48 hours after veteran reproductive justice activist Loretta Ross opened registration for her new online course on white supremacy, 500 people had registered. “I will be teaching white supremacy through the feminist lens of love,” Ross told Ms.
Access to higher education and the programs that teach people how to articulate the relationship between racial justice, queer organizing, labor activism, feminism(s) and other movements for equality are crucially important at this moment—but alarmingly at risk.
In light of new rules to roll back Title IX protections in schools, U.S. senators and state attorneys general challenge Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration to rescind the changes.
Despite schools lending devices and cities getting creative about WiFi hotspot distribution, the divide between low and high-income students persists as a barrier to learning, and it’s a barrier that widens between genders.
“Where girls may have already been behind academically or struggling socially, those kinds of challenges could be magnified in a distance learning setting.”
“My NYC community college students are struggling to survive, some of them literally. As a writer myself, and as a teacher of writing for almost forty years, I’m always reminded: When there is nothing left to hold onto, sometimes there are words.”
Since the onset of COVID-19, both men and women have reported an increase in domestic responsibilities. The thing is: Women disagree.
“Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are dead set on making schools more dangerous for everyone.”
Betsy DeVos’s new Title IX regulations make it much harder to discipline students accused of sexual misconduct than those accused of other much lesser serious infractions, such as plagiarism or substance abuse on campus. They have been described as “the antithesis of what Title IX was intended to do.” And they’re being taken to court.
Online learning is affecting families and teachers. And while we struggle through what crisis schooling looks like, it’s important to celebrate the mom and teacher victories.
“Much of what I have read is hyper-focused on covering academic content—disregarding the need, particularly during this time when human contact is severely limited, for social emotional learning and restorative practice. The unspoken message is: ‘Keep working; this will go away.'”
The briefing was stunning—not only for what the president conjectured to senior medical officials and media in attendance, but also for what it reveals about another crisis in the United States, namely a crisis in education in America. As comedians spoofed and memes mocked the president, the real tragedy resided not simply in his bizarre conjectures, but in a devaluing of education and science.