Stories by Jessie B. Ramey

Jessie B. Ramey is the ACLS New Faculty Fellow in Women's Studies and History at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages (University of Illinois Press, 2012). She is the founder of the public education advocacy Web site Yinzercation. subscribe to Jessie B. Ramey's feed

Posted on: Apr 22, 2015, Source: Yinzercation

The underlying premise of high-stakes-testing is to compare and rank students, rather than support their humanity.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2014, Source: Yinzercation

Public schools are neither cars nor boxes of cereal. Let's stop treating them like they are.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2013, Source: Yinzercation

While TFA may be good for young grads itching to experience “the real world,” it's far from clear that the program is helping children.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2013, Source: The Washington Post

Is our obsession with testing doing real damage to our kids? Take a peek into this classroom and decide for yourself.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Adequate Yearly Progress gets replaced by a "School Performance Profile" that will be based on student testing, without providing any real help for struggling students.

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: Yinzercation

As Big Money continues to shape public education, it can be hard to keep all the players straight — from wealthy individuals, to foundations, to corporations. Here's your guide.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

It's not a crisis of security or "bad" teaching that's harming our schools. The real crisis in public education is about a lost belief in the public good.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

In Pennsylvania and across the nation, investors are making big bucks off of charter schools, and donating huge sums to the politicians who protect their interests.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

This new film, set to open Friday, is not merely anti-teacher and anti-union, it's also anti-democratic, according to one education expert.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

In a meeting with community activists, reps from the U.S. Dept. of Ed shared their displeasure with current policy measures. But will they actually do anything to change them?

Posted on: Aug 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A new book looks at the historical impact of race on child care options in the United States.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

A new tax credit program relies on the flawed logic of "failing schools" to defund public education in the state.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

Americans love competition. But when it comes to education, does the concept really work?

Posted on: May 28, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

Last week, the Pennsylvania governor faced fierce protests from citizens who refuse to stand by as public education in their state is destroyed.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2012, Source: Yinzercation

Public education is one of America's greatest success stories -- so let's stop talking about the system as if it's irretrievably broken.