Category Archives: Education Policy

Politics and News Media in the United States

All news reports adopt positions that are essentially political in nature (whether consciously or unconsciously), by presenting social issues through their selection of interview subjects, quotes, framing, interpretation, and commentary. Political philosophies and positions (not necessarily aligned with political parties) … Continue reading

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Reflecting on School Shootings

The horrific violence at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, has forced many teachers and professors to reflect once again on the seemingly endless pattern of school shootings in the United States. Northern Illinois University suffered its moment of infamy … Continue reading

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Teaching the History of Race

Historians confront the complicated history of race and racism in the pre-modern, modern, and contemporary world. Yet, historians and social science teachers in the United States are under attack by conservative politicians and political activists. Many conservative political groups have … Continue reading

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Historians Respond to Critical Race Theory Controversy

Historians and educators across the United States are responding to the current political attacks on Critical Race Theory and politicians’ attempts to dictate the ways in which professional historians teach about race and racism in American history. Many historians and … Continue reading

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Texas Legislators Exert Influence over Social Science Teaching

Conservative legislators in Texas are waging a new fight in the so-called “culture wars” over historical memory and public education in the State of Texas. Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, writes: “The Texas legislature is scheduled … Continue reading

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Faculty Feel Impact of Covid Pandemic

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued the findings of its annual Faculty Compensation Survey and the picture is not pretty. “The survey found that real wages for full-time faculty decreased for the first time since the Great … Continue reading

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Historians Condemn Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

The American Historical Association, the flagship professional association of historians in the United States, has issued a statement condemning the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol on 6 January 2021. I am an active member of the American Historical … Continue reading

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A Rehearsal for a Government Shutdown

Daily headlines relate the grim details of the current U.S. federal government shutdown of December 2018 to January 2019, now the longest in the history of the United States.  Detailed news reports analyze the growing economic and social impact of … Continue reading

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Frank Valadez AHA Spotlight

Frank Valadez, my friend and fellow UIUC graduate History alum, is featured in an American Historical Association spotlight today! Frank is an amazingly flexible history thinker and practitioner who currently serves as  Director of the Division for Public Education at … Continue reading

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Promoting Diversity in Undergraduate Admissions

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis has published an article presenting new research on diversity in undergraduate admissions. The article considers the State of Texas’s 10 percent plan, which provides guaranteed admissions into state universities for the top 10 percent of … Continue reading

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