New “Testing America’s Freedom” Podcast from NWEA Examines Equity in Education

NWEA, the not-for-profit educational assessment provider, announced today the launch of its new podcast, Testing America’s Freedom. Hosted by Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA, the episodic series explores the role of race and assessment in American public education through thought-provoking interviews with current and future leaders in education.

Testing America’s Freedom delves deep into the lesser-known history of laws and policies that have perpetuated and exacerbated racial inequities within the education system. Samuel and her guests explore topics such as school funding, the importance of diversity in the education workforce, assessment purposes and design, and their link to modern-day systemic racism, discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by these urgent issues.

“The inequities within our public education system do not exist by accident, they are the result of carefully orchestrated policies that used tools like school funding, divestment and testing to perpetuate

Read More

Hong Kong Teacher Banned From Classroom After Teaching Students About Independence, Freedom of Speech

Government officials revoked a Hong Kong teacher’s registration after an investigation found the teacher had allegedly used pro-independence materials in class.

The Education Bureau of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region accused the teacher of committing a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its de facto constitution which protects freedom of assembly and freedom of speech—neither of which exist in mainland China.

The teacher at Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong “had a plan to spread the independence message,” the deputy secretary for education, Chan Siu Suk-fan, said Tuesday.

“In order to protect students’ interest and safeguard teachers’ professionalism and public trust in the teaching profession, the education bureau decided to cancel the teacher’s registration,” the bureau said in a statement.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the bureau has told teachers since 2016 that the topic of “Hong Kong independence” cannot be openly discussed in

Read More

Cork hunger strike exhibition ‘to educate youth about Irish freedom’

Events such as a new exhibition and book telling the story of nine men who lasted 94 days on hunger strike during the War of Independence can guide future generations on conflicts, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Speaking prior to a visit to the new exhibition at Cork Public Museum, Mr Martin said he hoped events from the Decade of Commemoration would provide fresh insights and understanding for young people on how independence was achieved almost 100 years ago.

To coincide with the new the exhibition entitled, “Suffering the Most – the Life and Times of Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney”, Cork City Council has funded a new book on the Cork Hunger Strikers, telling the story of the men who went on hunger strike with MacSwiney in August 1920.

In all, 65 men went on hunger strike with most attention focusing on MacSwiney whose death in Brixton Prison

Read More