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17 Dec 2013
by Heeten Kalan
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Moments with Mandela

The local high school in my rural hometown of Louis Trichardt was for whites only, so like many of the town’s Black, Colored and Indian South African children, at the age of twelve I departed for an unknown world. The first time I read the writings of the imprisoned South African leader of the anti-apartheid...

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20 Sep 2013
by Andrea Gabor
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The Great Charter Tryout: Are New Orleans Schools A Model For The Nation or a Cautionary Tale

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. It was also made possible by funding from New World Foundation’s Civic Opportunities Initiative Network. It was originally published by NEWSWEEK. Long before Sci Academy, a charter school in New Orleans, had graduated its first senior class, the school was being...

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21 Jan 2013
by Heeten Kalan
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Three Oceans Converging

On a warm and sunny day more than ten years ago, I visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the King Center in Atlanta.

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7 Aug 2012
by Colin Greer
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10 Ways School Reformers Get It Wrong

It’s widely agreed that American education is in trouble.  What is missed in both the response to the crisis and the cacophony of reform efforts is a true understanding of the nature of the problem. In the early days of public schooling, Horace Mann called the schools the balance wheel of society. It was thought...

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