Badass Ladies of History: Jovita Idár

In the early 20th century, a teacher, a journalist, a nurse, an education reformer, and a political activist served the people of South Texas, teaching children who were shut out of public education, exposing law enforcement involvement in racial violence, organizing nurses for the Mexican Revolution, and protesting President Woodrow Wilson’s policies toward Mexico. Read More Badass Ladies of History: Jovita Idár

Education in America, pt 1: Mythbusting Monday

As we talked about last week, we’re going to be working on an on-going series about education in America.   It’s sure to be one of the hot-button topics this election, and there will be a lot of column inches devoted to our education policy.  Because this is America, and we love our soundbites and scapegoats, we’re not likely to hear about things like curriculum design, supportive administrations and the effects of poverty on a society.  No, we’re going to hear that teachers suck. Read More Education in America, pt 1: Mythbusting Monday

The American Public Education Crisis: Introduction

Education is a passionate topic for many of the Persephone team.  From the former and current teachers who write for us and comment to the Persephone parents to our American taxpayer readers, we’ve all got a stake in public education. There is no question that we need to work together as a nation to improve how we educate our children, but until we’re able to put the needs of our nation’s kids ahead of political agendas, we’re screwed. Read More The American Public Education Crisis: Introduction

Badass Ladies of History: Ten Teachers Who Made the World Better

In researching this topic, what I found most interesting was how many searches for famous or notable teachers came up with a list of dead white men.   The only women listed in the first several lists I saw were Maria Montessori and Ayn Rand.  Since I know there are hundreds of remarkable women who taught at some point in their lifetime, white women and women of color alike, I dug deeper.  Read More Badass Ladies of History: Ten Teachers Who Made the World Better