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Hostility And Dire Consequences Black Women Face In Higher Education
EDUCATION

Hostility And Dire Consequences Black Women Face In Higher Education

The hostility Black women face in higher education carries dire consequences. Isolated. Abused. Overworked. These are the themes that emerged when I invited nine Black women to chronicle their professional experiences and relationships with colleagues as they earned their Ph.D.s at a public university in the Midwest. I featured their writings in to get my Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. The women spoke of being silenced. “It’s not just the beating me down that is hard,” one participant told me about constantly having her intelligence questioned. “It is the fact that it feels like I’m villainized and made out to be the problem for trying to advocate for myself.” The women told me they did not feel like they belonged. They spoke of routinely being isolated by peers and potential men...
A Closer Look At A Texas Court Ruling And History Of Racism In Schools
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A Closer Look At A Texas Court Ruling And History Of Racism In Schools

A Texas court ruling on a Black student wearing hair in long locs reflects history of racism in schools. A Texas judge ruled on Feb. 22, 2024, that the Barbers Hill School District didn’t violate the law when it punished Darryl George, a Black student, for wearing his hair in long locs. The Texas law in question – the CROWN Act – prohibits discrimination against hairstyles in schools and workplaces. The school district argued – and Judge Chap B. Cain III agreed – that the law doesn’t mention anything about hair length. In the following Q&A, Kenjus Watson, an education professor at American University who studies the psychological and social effects of racism, discusses how the decision upholds a long-standing legacy of cultural assimilation . What message has the court just sent? I’d...
The Research Behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ And Other Children’s TV
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The Research Behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ And Other Children’s TV

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV. To adult viewers, educational media content for children, such as “Sesame Street” or “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” may seem rather simplistic. The pacing is slow, key themes are often repeated and the visual aspects tend to be plain. However, many people might be surprised to learn about the sheer amount of research that goes into the design choices many contemporary programs use. For more than a decade, I have studied just that: how to design media to support children’s learning, particularly in moral development. My research, along with the work of many others, shows that children can learn important developmental and social skills through media. ...
High On School — The Rise Of College Applications In Legalized Recreational Marijuana States
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High On School — The Rise Of College Applications In Legalized Recreational Marijuana States

College applications rose in states that legalized recreational marijuana. Colleges in states where recreational marijuana became legal over the past decade saw a significant but short-term boost in applications from top-notch students. They also got more applications overall. Those were the key findings of a new study our team published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Economic Policy. In the year that a particular state legalized recreational marijuana, the number of applications for that state’s colleges grew by about 5.5% more than colleges in states that did not legalize. This means that colleges in legal-marijuana states received a temporary boost in applications. We didn’t detect any increase beyond the initial spike. Our results control for school quality, tuitio...
Draining School Budgets — Cities And States Give Billions In Property Tax Breaks To Businesses — Hurting The Poorest Students
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Draining School Budgets — Cities And States Give Billions In Property Tax Breaks To Businesses — Hurting The Poorest Students

Students lose out as cities and states give billions in property tax breaks to businesses − draining school budgets and especially hurting the poorest students. Built in 1910, James Elementary is a three-story brick school in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Northeast neighborhood, with a bright blue front door framed by a sand-colored stone arch adorned with a gargoyle. As bustling students and teachers negotiate a maze of gray stairs with worn wooden handrails, Marjorie Mayes, the school’s principal, escorts a visitor across uneven blue tile floors on the ground floor to a classroom with exposed brick walls and pipes. Bubbling paint mars some walls, evidence of the water leaks spreading inside the aging building. “It’s living history,” said Mayes during a mid-September tour of the build...
Black Male College Athletes And Anti-Black Stereotypes On Campus
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Black Male College Athletes And Anti-Black Stereotypes On Campus

How Black male college athletes deal with anti-Black stereotypes on campus. In an effort to avoid stereotypes about Black male athletes, such as being labeled a “dumb jock,” Spike, a college football player, says he wore athletic clothes to class as little as possible. “I mean, granted, I’m a 6-foot-4, 240-pound Black kid on campus, so it’s kind of hard to get away from that,” he said. “But I didn’t want any, you know, significant confirmation that I was an athlete. So, I just wore like a collared shirt, jeans and nice shoes every day.” Trey, a baseball player, refrained from speaking up or sharing personal information – even with his teammates. He said he was often “outnumbered in opinion” as he was one of two Black athletes on a team of 40, which led to him “not even wanting to speak ...
Florida School District Takes Aim At Dictionaries And Encyclopedias
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Florida School District Takes Aim At Dictionaries And Encyclopedias

Even dictionaries aren’t safe from censorship in this Florida school district. In the digital age — when the meaning of any unfamiliar word can be found with the click of a button — printed dictionaries have suffered a steep decline in usage. But the waning popularity of reference books hasn’t spared them from the spate of censorship that’s swept school districts nationally in recent years. In fact, five dictionaries as well as eight encyclopedias and other reference materials including “The Guinness Book of World Records” and “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” are among over 1,600 books that Escambia County Public Schools removed from its library shelves in December and flagged for review, according to free expression advocacy group PEN America and the Florida Freedom to Read Project. The re...
The Gender Wage Gap And Education
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The Gender Wage Gap And Education

Education doesn’t solve the pay gap. Experts say they’re not surprised. Education does not solve the pay gap between men and women, data from the U.S. Census Bureau found, and the higher-paying the field, the greater the difference. That disparity is unsurprising to experts and advocates, who point to societal norms, policy shortcomings and inflexible working schedules as big parts of the problem. The gender wage gap is the difference in median annual earnings of women compared to men, and, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center earlier this year, it has not changed much in the past 20 years. Pew found that in 2022, women earned 82 cents for every dollar a man earned, compared to 2002, when women earned 80 cents for every dollar a man earned. The census data shows th...
A Fresh Start: Unlocking The Potential Of Employment Prospects Upon Release From Prison
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A Fresh Start: Unlocking The Potential Of Employment Prospects Upon Release From Prison

Education linked to better employment prospects upon release from prison. Better job prospects. Higher wages. A greater chance of staying out of jail. Those are the key outcomes that we discovered for incarcerated people who get an education while serving their time. Our findings were published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. They are based on an analysis of research studies on the effects of prison education in the U.S. We examined a range of programs, from adult basic education to college. We analyzed 152 data points from 79 research papers published between 1980 and 2023. Specifically, our analysis found: • Reduced recidivism: Participating in prison education decreases the chances of recidivism by 6.7 percentage points – from 46% to 39.3%. This translates to safer comm...
In The Past Year Book Bans In Schools Jumped 33 Percent
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In The Past Year Book Bans In Schools Jumped 33 Percent

Book bans in schools jumped 33 percent last year. “The Ed Scare” — that’s how freedom of expression advocacy organization PEN America describes the sweeping restrictions targeting classrooms across the country. A riff on the Red Scare, the panic that spread during the Cold War over the dangers of communism, the Ed Scare underscores that public education faces multiple threats — from book bans to what PEN America calls education gag orders and educational intimidation bills. Collectively, these policies foster censorship, limit instruction about race, gender and sexuality and subject educators to extreme scrutiny while undermining their expertise. Book banning, then, is just one part of a broad effort to chill the free exchange of ideas in K-12 schools. But it is getting worse: Public sc...