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Ethical College and Career Decisions

John Dewey, arguably America’s greatest 20th century philosopher and educator, stressed the importance of teaching habits of rigorous ethical inquiry in the classroom and in the larger society. He argued that students should learn to consider the impacts of their individual and collective social, economic, and political choices. Fortunately, many schools and youth programs encourage...

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Ethical College and Career Decisions

The school that Bushwick built: the story of EBC High School for Public Service

Introduction I’m Shirley Edwards, and I was Principal of the EBC High School for Public Service, Bushwick for ten of its formative years.  Bushwick is an “inner city” community in Brooklyn, NY, and when I became principal – in 1993, the second year of the school – it was beset with all of the problems...

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The school that Bushwick built: the story of EBC High School for Public Service

Theater, Education, and Community

Strongly influenced by Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazilian activist and director Augusto Boal created Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) in the 1970s. TO comprises a series of techniques combining performance and participation, inviting audiences to envision liberation and empowering them to resist oppression. If successful, TO catalyzes social change.   Boal argues that traditional theater has been used as...

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Theater, Education, and Community

Feelings Charts Instead of Behavior Charts: Radical Love Instead of Shame

As practitioners and teachers of Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP) at Bank Street College, we have the privilege and adventure of stepping into a wide range of settings in which grownups work with groups of children. We travel from daycare centers to independent schools, from charter schools to NYC public schools, seeing classroom practice with children...

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Feelings Charts Instead of Behavior Charts: Radical Love Instead of Shame

Ethical Environments: Robotics

Throughout my two decades teaching,  ethics has been central to what I view as my dual role of educator and mentor. Ethics, from the Greek “ethos,” meaning “character,”  comprise the principles and priorities that govern people’s actions and their relationships with others. What follows is an account of an effort to create on a small...

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Ethical Environments: Robotics

NY Opens the Door to SEL

In August, the New York State Education Department published Social Emotional Learning: Essential for Learning, Essential for Life, a detailed document calling for all NYS schools to incorporate social emotional learning into their daily instructional practice with fidelity and district-wide support.  The linked Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks, however, are voluntary, and the authors point to...

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NY Opens the Door to SEL

Holistic College and Career Advisement

I have worked in college and career counseling at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem since 2001; during the past five years I have formalized the program and spent most of my time on it. In this article, I reflect on lessons learned and make recommendations to those either working in or developing college and career...

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Holistic College and Career Advisement

All Students Deserve an Education in the Arts

How do we, as educators and active participants in society, ensure that all children, not just those parents have money for elite schools, receive music and art education? How did music and other arts become expendable subjects? How can we get decision-makers to see that that the arts are just as important as math, English,...

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All Students Deserve an Education in the Arts

The Devastating Impacts of Homelessness on Learning

In 2015-2016, one in every 10 children was homeless, up six percent from the year before. That’s more than 111,500 New York City schoolchildren and, as The New York Times pointed out, “enough to populate a small city.” The Coalition for the Homeless (2017) reports that, with NYC in the worst crisis of homelessness since the...

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The Devastating Impacts of Homelessness on Learning

Ethical Dining at School

Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. – John Dewey John Dewey (1859-1952) was arguably the most consequential educational thinker of the twentieth century. According to Dewey, education should consist of meaningful activity in learning and participation in classroom democracy. Curriculum should be relevant to students’ lives as well as prepare them...

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Ethical Dining at School

Toward an Ethical Disciplinary Process for Teachers

I have told this story of my “disappearance” too many times and yet not often enough in forums that might lead to change. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) disciplinary process for teachers in its current form is deeply unethical, with damaging effects on teachers, students, and schools. Unfortunately, my own experience is by no...

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Toward an Ethical Disciplinary Process for Teachers

It’s Not Personal: Moving from Individual Racial Incidents to Organizational Racial Conflict

Racism in higher education is often conceptualized as a student or individualized problem. If institutions of higher education are serious about making progress in this arena, however, they need to view racial conflict not as a personal problem but as an organizational issue, where all stakeholders are accountable for the racial incidents that occur on...

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It’s Not Personal: Moving from Individual Racial Incidents to Organizational Racial Conflict

The Art of Social Justice: Behold the beautiful struggle!

The Museum as Ethics Classroom On February 9, 2017, a few weeks after Trump’s presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, the Brooklyn Museum held a historic gathering, entitled “Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action.” The auditorium was packed to capacity and the energy in the room was palpable. Panel speakers included...

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The Art of Social Justice: Behold the beautiful struggle!

Keynote Address: Teaching Ethics in Inequitable Times

Good evening everyone. Hello, hello. You heard from the Peace Poets before, I normally have a policy of never following the Peace Poets, they go after me. We spoke at NYU on Monday and I made the great, brilliant decision to go first and then they closed it down. You’ve already heard from the, kind...

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Keynote Address: Teaching Ethics in Inequitable Times

John Dewey: Educative Experiences

Upon entering the early education program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in 2015, I believed there existed a (cultural) tension between progressive pedagogy and its reflection of what seemed to me as middle-upper class white American values versus the more traditional educational styles and methods of teacher-directed instruction and practices.  In my current...

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John Dewey: Educative Experiences

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Transitional Chapter Series Books

A first grader reaches for a book on the shelf in her classroom at a mid-sized city school in New York’s Hudson Valley. She finds herself in that sweet developmental spot when reading fluency is building, and sounding out words today takes less time than it did yesterday. She has already devoured all of Junie...

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The Overwhelming Whiteness of Transitional Chapter Series Books

Student Voice: The Value of “What do you think?”

The greatest question any authoritative figure can ask a child or a student. Inclusivity in all aspects of decision making is vital, but it is most important in our schools. I would like to consider myself a youth activist working to diversify a segregated school system, and yet while legislation is the ultimate goal in...

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Student Voice: The Value of “What do you think?”

Invisible Parent Involvement Within the NYC High School Admissions Process

I walked into an Upper East Side public middle school and my first stop was the teachers’ lounge where Jane, the Parent Coordinator, waved. She was unable to give me her attention, though, as the phones were ringing off the hook that morning. I was able to hear only her end of the conversations: “You’re...

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Invisible Parent Involvement Within the NYC High School Admissions Process

Guidelines for submissions

Note from the editors to our readers and colleagues: We accept articles for our newsletter on any topic related to secular (preferably Deweyan) educational ethics. As you might expect, we have to pass on some articles, but we will let you know whether and when your article will run in the newsletter. Please keep in...

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Guidelines for submissions

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