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  • Defending No Child Left Behind? Education Reform Hits the DNC

    By Molly Knefel, Truthout | News Analysis

    2016.7.28.EdReform.main"If Democratic education reformers really do believe they're fighting for civil rights, they should direct their blame not at teachers unions and economic justice activists, but at the devastating sight of an empty public school building up for sale to the highest bidder," writes Molly Knefel. (Photo: peoplesworld / Flickr)

    Education reformers like to identify as civil rights advocates, but teachers, parents, students, union organizers and public school advocates argue that their emphasis needs to go beyond testing and school closures to addressing educational inequality.

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  • Lessons in Activism: Middle School Students Advocate for Syrian Refugees

    Lessons in Activism: Middle School Students Advocate for Syrian Refugees

    By Carolina Drake, Truthout | News Analysis

    Nassim Zerriffi's activism campaign class introduces middle-schoolers to the complexities of history, the realities of ISIS and why Syrians are fleeing their country. An effective activism curriculum doesn't deny these types of realities. Rather, it helps students find ways to defy reality with actions and in the process, learn that even the smallest acts matter.

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  • Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    Who Would Trayvon Have Been? Becoming a Black Man in the United States

    By Mychal Denzel Smith, Nation Books | Book Excerpt

    I tried to imagine who Trayvon would have been on February 26, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and beyond. The things he would have seen, the world he would have known, how he would have created himself. When you're introduced to a martyr as a result of their death, they aren't a whole person. They are a name and a story. They are a set of symbols.

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