Race To Utopia: How A Public Servant Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Market

No Child Left Behind just celebrated its tenth anniversary: while educators, children and parents have generally loathed the landmark signature legislation, and while studies have shown that it has failed to improve learning despite its immense cost,  NCLB’s free-market policies – high-stakes standardized testing, and school closures for “losers” – are the undisputed status quo […]

Michelle Alexander: US Prisons and The New Jim Crow: Today in the era of colorblindness a new racial caste system has emerged

1901 picture of a ‘chain gang’ in Virginia. On so-called ‘independence day’ it is important to keep in mind what litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow (http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm), argued at an event at Demos February 18, 2010: that is that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it. […]

Letters from Inside the US Criminal Justice System

Does Anybody Care for Juveniles of Color? By Phillippe Kelly Juveniles are treated like adults, perhaps even worse. Little attention is paid to juveniles in court system. Juveniles from urban communities, African-American, and Hispanics, are treated poorly, and rarely helped. For example, in the case Graham v. Florida, a thirteen year old minor, who had […]