Novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge reflects on our cultural fixation with and celebration of firsts, asking: Who never got the chance to try?
Erica L. Green“When someone manages to rise up through our hobbled alleged meritocracy and is crowned the first to hold a position, I know that does not mean that they were the only one who possibly could.”
The Bind of Being First - Society's Obsession With Firsts
I’m not afraid of criticism, and “Protect Black women” should not be controversial.
Erica L. Green
“From the moment we begin to navigate the intricacies of adolescence, we feel the weight of this threat, and the weight of contradictory expectations and misguided preconceptions.”
-@theestallion, yes THEE stallion, for The @nytimes
Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States.
Erica L. GreenThe disproportionate discipline rates of Black boys have long dominated discussions about the harmful effects of punitive discipline policies, often overshadowing a brewing crisis: "We are in a battle for the souls of Black Girls."
Should public school systems provide teachers for small-group instruction?
Erica L. Green“People who live paycheck-to-paycheck, she said, feel “like we’re directly failing our children because we can’t offer or afford the same level of opportunities.”
Families Priced Out of ‘Learning Pods’ Seek Alternatives - The New York Times
The U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments.
The city’s low infection rate has raised hopes that students can return to classrooms next month. But many obstacles remain.
Erica L. Green“It’s now or never,” said Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University who has written extensively about reopening. “Either you do it for September, or no one is opening until there’s a vaccine.”
Can N.Y.C. Reopen Schools? The Whole Country Is Watching
Kenneth L. Marcus was nominated as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the face of a chorus of opposition. He leaves after a tenure marked by dissension and disputes.
Erica L. GreenThe head of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights will step down this week, leaving a controversial legacy that includes two complaints he abused his power in office to expand the rights of some students while undermining the rights of others
From April 10 to May 10, a dozen Felician sisters at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary convent died of Covid-19. In June, a 13th sister died after contracting the coronavirus.
Erica L. Green“The deaths cut deep in the communities where the sisters worked in schools, libraries and the medical field, the order said in a statement.”
Convent in Michigan Loses 13 Sisters to Covid-19
Images of his beating at Selma shocked the nation and led to swift passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; he was called the conscience of the Congress.
Erica L. Green“On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws...Mr. Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.”