Tucker Haynes: Why ‘Hidden Figures’ should be required viewing at every U.S. school
It took a devastating World War and the threat of domination by an expansionist Communist empire to propel the government of the United States past its prejudices. It was in 1943 — when the country desperately needed every competent mathematician it could find — that Dorothy Vaughan, a black female math teacher in Virginia, went...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | February 24, 2017
Tucker: Hoping Clinton rekindles the spirit that pioneered an innovative preschool program
Back when Hillary Rodham Clinton was still an education innovator, the Democratic nominee, then the young first lady of Arkansas, brought to her adopted home state an inspired program called HIPPY, which coaches less-affluent parents who want to prepare their preschoolers for first grade. Former President Bill Clinton gave the program a much-deserved mention in...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | August 2, 2016
Commentary: Why white parents might want to listen to black parents before opting out
This is graduation season, when an anticipated 3.3 million high school seniors will cross a stage and receive an elegant sheet of paper that announces their completion of an important phase of formal education. For the last few years, public school districts have proudly announced their increasing graduation rates: In the 2013-14 academic year, the...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | May 5, 2016
Commentary: Time for Trump to get honest with his coalition of fear. It’s not walls they need, but better schools
How to explain the baffling rise of Donald Trump, the bullying, narcissistic real estate mogul dominating the Republican presidential primaries? How did a celebrity talk-show host with so little grasp of public policy — or good manners — come so close to becoming the GOP nominee? Economic anxiety is clearly a big part of the...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | April 4, 2016
Commentary: Progressives like Bernie Sanders may be confused about charter schools, but black parents aren’t
Bernie Sanders isn’t the only progressive who is confused about charter schools. On the left, misunderstandings and mischaracterizations about non-traditional public schools abound, many of them spread by an educational establishment that fiercely guards its turf. One of the most popular misconceptions is that charter schools represent “takeovers” by wealthy corporate interests or rich conservatives...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | March 21, 2016