Betsy DeVos called me. I sent her this letter

Back in February, I sent a letter to Betsy DeVos, saying that our members and I are demanding answers from her about how she plans to ensure educational opportunity for every student. We’re still waiting on those answers. More…

Dr. King, Inauguration Day and Our Democracy

In the coming days our nation will be marking two occasions:  the national holiday honoring the life, service and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another that we call Inauguration Day. For me, both days will be emotional.  Both days call for reflection.  More…

Transforming schools into “territories of peace”

The school as a territory of peace is an alternative to a unipolar worldview, where education is ruled by standardization. It’s an alternative to the subjugation of education to a corporate mindset which leads to stratification, disparities between rich and poor students, privatization. More…

To Become a Bully Free Nation: Identify. Intervene. Advocate.

Anyone who’s worked in a school — from elementary to high school — has seen the same thing. Popular kids sit together at “their table;” sports stars sit together at “their table.” Occasionally, but not nearly enough, we see a student being especially kind to a new kid. More…

Lily Eskelsen Garcia meets with elementary students in El Paso

Bragging Rights for the Humble of Heart

There is a Spanish term of art: humilde de corazón. Humble of heart. It is a product especially of the Latino culture “not to brag, but to be humble,” to praise others instead of taking credit for a success. I think it’s a product of the culture of educators as well. More…