Media mentions

Media mention

Faculty and staff from across UW–Madison’s School of Education are routinely quoted or featured in newspapers, magazines and online news sources. These experts are also interviewed on the radio and showcased in television news reports. Over the past 12 months, there have been more than 130 School of Education-related media mentions. Following are a few examples from the past several months …

The Atlantic interviews Jackson for report, ‘Why Men are the New College Minority’

The Atlantic in August published a report headlined, “Why Men are the New College Minority.” The article begins by noting: “Where men once went to college in proportions far higher than women — 58 percent to 42 percent as recently as the 1970s — the ratio has now almost exactly reversed. This fall, women will comprise more than 56 percent of students on campuses nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education.” And the trend shows no sign of abating.

Jerlando Jackson
Among the experts The Atlantic spoke with about this interesting but nuanced topic is Jerlando Jackson, UW–Madison’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Jackson, the director and chief research scientist at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, has written about this topic and explains that the idea of going to college can seem like a lot of sacrifice for a vague payoff far in the future. The Atlantic report also notes how men who do enroll in college are more likely than women to drop out, and they graduate at lower rates.

Jackson tells The Atlantic that he thinks there’s a surprising racial component to some of this. There’s not much work being done to encourage boys to go to college, he said, because not all of those boys are from racial and ethnic minorities society regards as disadvantaged. A lot of them are white.

“It’s a tough discussion to have and a hard pill to swallow when you have to start the conversation with, ‘White males are not doing as well as one might historically think,’ ” Jackson tells The Atlantic. “We’re uncomfortable as a nation having a discussion that includes white males as a part of a group that is having limited success.”

• In October, the Toronto Star reported on The International Colloquium on Black Males in Education’s annual global summit, which was chaired by Jackson. The summit, held in Toronto, explored topics such as recruiting diverse male teachers, engaging black youth through redesigned curriculum, ways to increase graduation rates, workshops for students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary or graduate school, and more.

Teixeira’s video project examines lives of refugees in Cleveland

UW–Madison’s José Carlos Teixeira led a video project about refugees from Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq that was featured in an August report from The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

On ExileTeixeira is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.

In the 70-minute video project, “On Exile,” Teixeira interviews several refugees, exploring the struggles of adapting to life in the United States amid homesickness, the aftermath of traumatic events, their hopes for the future and a political climate that is often prejudiced against Muslims and refugees.

Overall, reports that the project is a “remarkably beautiful document that peels away layers of cliché and stereotypes to reveal the radiant humanity of Teixeira’s subjects.”

Posey-Maddox quoted in Mother Jones report about school integration, gentrification

Linn Posey-Maddox in September was quoted in an article from Mother Jones headlined, “What White Parents can do to help Desegregate Schools.”

Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, and the author of “When Middle Class Parents Choose Urban Schools.”

The article explores the issues that arise when attempts toward school integration from well-meaning white parents cause issues of exclusion and gentrification. White parents may focus on fundraising in parent-teacher associations, drawing in more middle class families, causing over-enrollment and pushing out poor students, the article notes.

Posey-Maddox tells Mother Jones that these processes of “school gentrification” could make more diverse and well-funded schools also more exclusive, unless school districts oversee the transition.

“It shouldn’t just be left up to parents to bear the burden of integrating and equity,” Posey-Maddox says in the article.

In other reports …

• The Christian Science Monitor in August spoke with Gloria Ladson-Billings for an article that put the spotlight on a range of success stories that have come out of the Northport Apartments, a Section 8 housing development on Madison’s East Side. The article is headlined, “On-site learning centers offer benefits to students — and renters.” Ladson-Billings holds UW– Madison’s Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and in November became president of the National Academy of Education, the premier group of education scholars in the world.

In October, Ladson-Billings was quoted in a National Public Radio report discussing evidence that students who have teachers that look like them are more likely to do better in school. Hiring a more diverse population of teachers, while important, is not the only necessary factor in helping students of color succeed. Ladson-Billings tells NPR in the report that “we need teachers who view students of color as whole people.”

Julie Underwood was quoted in July media reports from Education Week and National Public Radio highlighting U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC and DeVos are natural allies on school choice issues. “My concern about ALEC is that (it) takes the private corporation and gives them such incredible power,” Underwood tells Education Week.

Underwood also continues to author Under the Law columns for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. An October column examined the rights of student-athletes in public schools to kneel during the national anthem. That column was headlined, “Kneeling during the national anthem: At schools, it’s protected speech.” Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice at UW–Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.

Nicholas Hillman was quoted in a July 13 Wall Street Journal report talking about a 6 percent increase in applications for federal student aid in the latest cycle, reversing a four-year decline. Hillman is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis who researches higher education finance and policy.

• The groundbreaking work of Robert Enright, who has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for three decades, was showcased in an August report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Enright is a professor with the Department of Educational Psychology.

David Furumoto’s theatre experiences were featured in Madison Magazine’s “Stage Right/Stage Wrong” column in September. The column tells the stories of live performance mishaps. Furumoto is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama. He recalled how, during a 1994 performance in California of “The Woman Warrior,” the metal mechanism holding up a huge, heavy wooden prop door suddenly snapped and the door fell down onstage, missing Furumoto by inches.

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