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Valerie Strauss

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Recent articles by Valerie:

Texas official wants to arm more teachers. Bad idea.

The killings of 19 elementary school students and two teachers sparks new calls for arming educators. → Read More

Told not to say ‘gay’ in graduation speech, he made his point anyway

A Florida high school graduate says he was told not to say "gay" in his graduation speech. So he said "curly hair" instead. → Read More

Why Virginia Gov. Youngkin is wrong about student NAEP scores

The NAEP achievement levels are misleading -- and politicians often wrongly interpret the scores. → Read More

Out-of-context Clarence Thomas photo — and other news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

What Biden should say to charter school supporters now attacking him

The president is getting attacked for wanting to enact reforms for a federal program that gives millions of dollars to charters. → Read More

Why teachers will — and won’t — discuss Buffalo grocery store shooting

A frank conversation in teachers' tweets. → Read More

‘News and information chaos’ grows — and other news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

‘We’re at a tipping point’: Whom do you want teaching your children?

Why there is fear for the future of the teaching profession. → Read More

So much for Teacher Appreciation Week

What teachers really want -- and what they got. → Read More

Live-streaming Depp-Heard trial and other news literacy lessons

Here is the latest installment of a weekly feature I have been running for some time on this blog — lessons from the nonprofit News Literacy Project, which aims to teach students and the public how to sort fact from fiction in our digital and contentious age. There has not been a time in recent U.S. history when this skill has been as important due to social and partisan media’s ability to… → Read More

Breaking Brown v. Board of Education’s promise of integrated schools

Integration of schools worked -- and then it was reversed. A look at a new book by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. → Read More

A brief lesson on Roe v. Wade

From nonpartisan sources. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis escalates his war against public education

He is restricting what teachers can say about race and gender, appointing anti-public education figures to his administration, and more. → Read More

A fainting nurse, Eric Trump’s false data and more news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

Report: Pandemic erases a decade of progress for public pre-K programs in 2021

The 2021 State of Preschool Yearbook also finds that existing inequality within the system was exacerbated. → Read More

Florida releases 4 prohibited math textbook examples. Here they are.

One shows a social-emotional learning objective that says: 'Students build proficiency with social awareness as they practice with empathizing with classmates.' → Read More

Detecting Russia’s false claims that Ukrainians are staging deaths

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

Why MIT is an outlier in reinstating SAT/ACT scores for admissions

There are also questions about the rationale MIT gave for its decision. → Read More

Privatization of public education gaining ground, report says

The findings will buoy supporters of "choice" and alarm advocates of democratically controlled public schools. → Read More

'Educators are afraid,’ says teacher attacked for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ unit

'I’ve caught myself worrying about what a random community member might think of my classroom library display for Black History Month or if I will be targeted for sharing a novel with an LGBTQ+ character.' → Read More