What We're Reading: Racism in SFUSD, Condoms, and College Admissions

posted Feb 26, 2016, 11:20 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 11:20 AM ]
SFUSD has been in the news a lot this week. Our staff has been attending board meetings, talking to stakeholders, and reading many articles about local, state, and national issues. Here are a few links that have been passed around the office. 

From the SF Examiner
Racism is alive and well in the San Francisco Unified School District. Often times, we discuss institutional racism and the microaggressions that exist around race, but we never dive right into meaningful and thought-provoking discussion. (Note: This column is written by former PPS-SF board member, and current SFUSD Board of Education member, Shamann Walton) read more 

From NBC Bay Area
The San Francisco Unified School District school board late Tuesday night unanimously approved a controversial decision to make condoms available to middle school students – one of three school districts in California to have such a program. read more 

Mother Jones
Black Students Fed Up With Racial Stereotyping Walk Out of San Francisco’s Top School
San Francisco's Lowell High School is the city's most coveted public, elite school that posts some of the highest test scores in the country. But when it comes to the treatment of its black students, young activists argue that the school is flunking—and needs to change. That's the main message about 25 members of Lowell High's Black Student Union delivered to the City Hall and San Francisco Unified School District today. read more 

From EdSource
Now that the California Department of Education has announced it will for the first time collect chronic absenteeism data – an early indicator of students at risk of dropping out – advocates are pressing the State Board of Education to include that information in the accountability system it is creating under the new federal education law. read more 

Sometimes changing one thing in a culture changes everything. That is what more than 50 college and university deans of admission, college presidents, and university chancellors, in addition to representatives from public and independent schools, are hoping for. Their one thing to change is the process of applying to college. read more 

From The New York Times
Among the most-uttered phrases of my generation of parents have to be these: “Great effort!” “Nice try!” “I can tell you worked so hard!”
Many of us have sipped from the well of research suggesting that children praised for effort rather than ability stick to their work longer, pursue more creative solutions and enjoy the whole process more. Those kids, we want to believe, get what Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, calls the “growth mind-set:” the belief that their abilities can be developed, as opposed to a “fixed mind-set” in which innate aptitude limits the ability to learn. read more