Rise & Shine: Seeing an emerging ‘culture war’ in NYC schools

Happy Monday!

The writer George Packer is out with a long and much-discussed essay about his experience as a New York City public school parent. Packer sees overreach in local schools’ progressive approaches to teaching, learning, and checking privilege. Since it came online, the piece has been widely praised in more conservative circles and criticized in more liberal ones.

In other news, principals in New York State can now ask courts to limit a student’s access to guns. Many states have “red flag” laws, but New York is the first to let school leaders appeal directly to the courts, instead of to local police, if a person is thought to be at extreme risk of self-harm or hurting others. 

-Gabrielle Birkner, Story Editor


P.S. PARENT In his controversial new essay, “When the culture war comes for the kids,” George Packer sees significant ideological changes at New York City schools. The Atlantic

GUN VIOLENCE Thanks to a first-of-its-kind “red flag” law, school leaders in New York State can petition courts to take away a student’s access to weapons. The goal: preventing suicides and school shootings. AP

LIMITS ON VAPING As Gov. Andrew Cuomo tries to ban flavored e-cigarettes, lawmakers across the country say they will pursue legislation to reduce teen vaping. Meanwhile, some New York City principals say the education department isn’t doing enough to combat e-cigarette use. New York Times | Politico | New York Post

‘NO-FAIL POLICY’ Is a Queens high school renowned for its stellar graduation rate passing students who would otherwise fail? Four Maspeth High School teachers told The New York Post that the school has an unwritten policy of not flunking students. New York Post

MILK MINUS CHOCOLATE The education department is considering a ban on chocolate milk in city schools. New York Post

TO THE STREETS City schools won’t punish students who skip out to attend Friday’s climate rally — and The New York Post thinks that’s a bad idea. New York Post

OFFICER ARRESTED An off-duty school officer was arrested for allegedly possessing large quantities of marijuana and counterfeit cash. New York Daily News | Staten Island Advance

ONLINE LEARNING Khan Academy sees a bigger role for itself in American classrooms. Chalkbeat

IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN Amid tougher federal policies, some educators say anxiety is up among students from immigrant communities.  The 74

TEACHER DISSATISFACTION Why are some U.S. teachers frustrated to the point of leaving the profession? Pay that hasn’t kept pace with inflation and increasing demands outside the classroom (e.g., paperwork, meetings) are among the reasons. CBS Sunday Morning