Education Matters


School to prison pipeline: Black students targeted for cages not careers

Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

Dr. Dre donates $30M to University of Southern California

This is not a new story. But, it just came to my attention via a Facebook post raising compelling questions about black philanthropy.

Waldorf Middle School students beat Hopkins undergrads

This week Education Matters highlights an extraordinary STEM achievement by a group of middle school girls.

New MICA president brings creativity and serious business acumen

In a city that thrives on the jobs and prestige that the so-called “meds and eds” (medical and educational institutions) bring to the community, the selection of a president for one of Baltimore’s most esteemed colleges can have an impact ...

Melissa Harris Perry teaches why education matters

Poor Melissa Harris-Perry, she tried to make a Fox News style joke and it failed miserably. Education Matters kicks off its 9th year with thoughts on how MSNBC host MHP may have torpedoed her career as a serious journalist and ...

The great debate: Are classroom computers a threat to creativity?

What does a wrench, pencil, fork, ruler and a light bulb have in common?

Is Frederick Douglass High School due for another name change?

Even though Shakespeare’s Juliet might disagree, in today’s world the name given to a business, product or service can directly influence its success or failure. This can be true as well for a public institution such as a high school.

Orchestra teacher Willis Keeling: Performing musical alchemy for 60 years

1954 was a notable year. The United States Supreme Court ruled in unanimous decision that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional in the landmark case of Brown v Board of Education.

Black students at risk for pneumonia when higher ed catches a cold

Still unconvinced higher education is driven by business interest rather than academic best interest of its students?

Making a promise to educate new parents

Getting ready for the arrival of a new baby can cost families hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars.

Dyslexia: Setting the record straight for academic success

As I write this week’s column my son is on a plane back to New England College. His fall semester break went by so quickly I felt sad to see him leave. However, as I watched this young scholar stride ...

TechBreakfast promotes STEM Education at Leith Walk Elementary School

It’s no secret our country’s public schools are failing to educate many of our most promising students.

The Name Game: Are Emily and Greg chosen over Lakisha and Jamal?

Between 1892 and 1934, millions of Eastern European immigrants poured through the port of New York’s Ellis Island.

RIP the American Dream: The undereducated need not apply

Tyler Cowen, one of the world’s most influential economists has written a new book titled “Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of Great Stagnation.” In his bestseller, Cowen explains why people with a mediocre education and no skills ...

Don’t believe the hype: A college education still matters to black students

The news is not good for young people with a four-year degree: roughly 284,000 college grads are working minimum wage jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.