Top 5 Education Justice articles of 2017


It has been a year of ups and downs for social justice activism. Take a look back at the top five most read Education Justice articles of 2017.

5. The stunning story of how our government segregated America and shortchanged our schools

In The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein vividly describes how segregated neighborhoods—from San Francisco to Boston—were deliberately created by widespread government policies that violated the Constitutional rights of America’s black families. Rothstein, also the author of Class and Schools, talks with NEA Edjustice about how this history has shaped our nation and concentrated generations of black students in underfunded schools.

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4. Racism sucks – students of color give educators an earful

At the ripe old age of 15, Oregon student Donovan Scurlock, the son of a teacher, was so tired out from dealing with racism at school, he begged his parents to pack up the family and move to another state.

“He was sobbing so hard, we could barely understand what he was saying,” says his mom, Eugene teacher Jennifer Scurlock. When three students of color—two of them in tears—transferred to her high school a few years later to escape blatant racism at their old campuses, it was the spark Scurlock needed to sound the alarm.

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3. Eight reasons why Trump’s first 100 days set Civil Rights back 100 years

In his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump has managed to dismantle civil rights protections courageous Americans spent decades building. The president and his advisers have fanned the flames of racism, sexism, and xenophobia–sending a clear message that all are not welcome in the nation’s communities and schools. Here are eight reasons why Trump gets an “F” on his social justice report card.

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2. 5 questions educators are asking about ICE raids and supporting immigrant youth

Recent Executive Orders and ICE raids have caused fear and confusion in immigrant communities. Last week, NEA hosted a call with the National Immigration Law Center and educators from across the country.

The questions asked on the call are ones we are hearing again and again. Here is some of what we heard.

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1. A native Hawaiian teacher shatters a stereotype in her classroom while becoming an activist in her community

When Kai Burley returned to Waianae, the West Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, from the U.S. mainland, she wanted to become a teacher. “Here is where my heart is—here is where I wanted to teach.”

And because Kai loves a challenge, she became a math teacher. “History is my favorite subject, but I wanted to take on the stereotype that Native Hawaiian students can’t learn math. Their math scores are always the lowest in the system and their absentee rates from math classes are the highest.”

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Reader Comments

  1. Betsy DeVos is cut from the same cloth as the president: cut funding to public schools in favor of the rich privatized schools; dismiss minorities, gays, Muslims. She is an abomination on what was education.

  2. What is the house of representative doing to our nation? Is there new future for Americans? The president and the house of representatives should be ashamed of what they’re passing In Congress at this moment. I don’t know where your minds, bodies, and souls are for humanity. How can all of you sleep at night amazes me.

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