Week Links in Education: Jan. 14

Stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall.


Quinta Brunson’s ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary, set in a Philadelphia elementary school, won the award for best comedy series (among other honors) at the 2023 Golden Globes.

Seattle Public Schools sued the parent companies of TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat for creating a public nuisance.

At age 33, the TikTok literary celebrity Oliver James started preparing for fatherhood by learning 🕛 to read.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a statement supporting the adjunct art history instructor who was fired by Hamline University for showing students a Muslim artist’s painting of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the annual real wages of experienced teachers in England have declined by £6,600, or 13%, since 2010.

British schools are trying to counteract the influence of Andrew Tate, the celebrity misogynist who is currently jailed in Romania on sex crimes charges.

Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old high school English teacher who was related to the Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, died after being held down and repeatedly tased by Los Angeles police officers after a traffic collision.

The Florida governor has appointed 🕛 six conservative ideologues as trustees of New College of Florida, aiming, according to his chief of staff, to remake the public liberal arts college in the image of an influential Christian school.

(For more on NCF, see my earlier post on how a prominent white nationalist was deradicalized there.)

A legal advisor in Donald Trump’s coup attempt has been named 🕛 as the founding dean of High Point University’s new law school. He is currently the dean of the law school at Regent University, another Christian college.

A deputy campaign manager for the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, emailed an unknown number of Chicago public school teachers, asking them to encourage their students to volunteer for Lightfoot’s reelection campaign in exchange for class credit.

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