To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, September 15, 2019

John Thompson

Dr. John Thompson, an education writer whose essays appear regularly in The Oklahoma Observer, has a doctorate from Rutgers University and is the author of Closing the Frontier: Radical Responses in Oklahoma Politics. His latest book, A Teacher’s Tale, is available through Tate Publishing.

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Fending Off Privatizers To Get School Reform Right

BY JOHN THOMPSON Friends have asked why I editorialized in the Oklahoman for the Western Gateway Charter Elementary School. First, Western Gateway is an innovative pilot project like...

School Reform Lesson: Ravitch Was Right

BY JOHN THOMPSON Next January, Diane Ravitch’s long-anticipated book on education reform, Slaying Goliath, will be published but it is being preceded by an anthology,...

Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure

BY JOHN THOMPSON Even many of the staunchest pro-charter corporate reformers are criticizing virtual charters for their poor outcomes and draining resources from public schools....

Oklahoma’s ‘Staggering’ Teacher Exodus

BY JOHN THOMPSON The Tulsa World’s headline nailed the big picture, Staggering: 30,000 Oklahoma Teachers Have Left Profession in the Past Six Years, Report Shows....

Facts vs. Emotion

BY JOHN THOMPSON The Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains Legislative Preview began with a discussion of the “Head” versus the “Heart.” Which is the better path...

What’s Really Required To Improve Schools

BY JOHN THOMPSON During MAPS for Kids, one of the nation’s top education experts, the Chicago Consortium for School Research’s John Q. Easton, told us...

Tackling The Challenges Of Our Global World

BY JOHN THOMPSON Here are a retired teacher’s suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for educators, school patrons, and students, as well as anyone else seeking...

‘The Power Of We’

BY JOHN THOMPSON Walking into the recent Oklahoma Department of Education conference It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction Summit, it was clear that this event would...

‘It Is About Our Kids’

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two essays by veteran Oklahoma educators analyzing State Question 779, the proposed one percent sales tax increase...