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Inching My Way into India

by Lawrence Bush   I GO CRAZY for the first 24 hours trying to hook into technology so that I can pretend I’m not that far away from home and calmly keep plugging away at my work for Jewish Currents. I’m searching for wifi signals and passwords, SIM cards, charging cables and outlet adapters that we brought from home, and so on. Plus […]

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Unionized Public Schools Do a Better Job

BUT POVERTY TRUMPS TEACHERS EVERYWHERE by Marc Jampole from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   IN DEFINING what constitutes a leftist perspective on education, let’s rely on a number of foundational principles that have defined the American left for more than 150 years: The left favors unions; the left believes in public education; the […]

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The Fight for Labor in the Public Sector

LESSONS FROM AN ENDURING LOCAL, SSEU 371 by Alexander Bernhardt Bloom From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents THE PHONES rarely stopped ringing in the wing of the union’s headquarters assigned to Grievances. This was a good place for me to begin, explained Shirley. Here I’d get to know the members and their work through their […]

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O My America: Corporate America Deluxe

by Lawrence Bush I’M IN COLUMBIA, South Carolina, visiting my pregnant daughter and looking with wondering eyes at the world that elected Donald Trump. Among those I shared Thanksgiving with was a young father who works in military intelligence and who voiced to me, over the course of two days, his strong objections to Southern […]

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The Ethical Challenges Teachers Face

A Speech to New Teachers in a Test-Driven System by Richard Rothstein From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents FOR SEVERAL DECADES NOW, a bipartisan coalition of policymakers in both government and business have attempted to make public education and its teachers into scapegoats for racial and economic inequality. These self-styled education reformers have […]

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August 7: Stanley Bosworth and St. Ann’s School

Stanley Bosworth (Boscovitz), the founding headmaster of St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, which in a 2004 Wall Street Journal survey led the nation in placements of graduating students in the nation’s top ten colleges and universities, died at 83 on this date in 2011. Bosworth took the job in 1965, turned St. Ann’s, founded by […]

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O My America: An Apple for Teachers

by Lawrence Bush MY WIFE SUSAN makes her living as an “educational consultant.” These days, that phrase might make you think she’s part of the charter-school or testing-regimen movements, but she’s not. Susan is a teaching artist and a teacher trainer who uniquely uses creative movement to teach elementary school curriculum. She trains teachers in […]

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Charter Schools on the Rise

“School Choice” versus Public Education by Joel Shatzky From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents THE RAPID GROWTH OF CHARTER SCHOOLS over the past twenty years has been lauded by some educators, many politicians, and the so-called “reformers” (such as Wendy Kopp of Teach for America and Eva Moskowitz of Success Academies) as a […]

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