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Paul Cummins


Paul Cummins
Paul Cummins

Paul Cummins is executive director of the New Visions Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to catalyze change in American public...


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Education: Poverty Is the Crux of the Problem

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If income divide is at the root of current public education deficits, that chasm must be narrowed by reducing the factors that perpetuate poverty.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE


Some Educational Action Items for Obama

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So, with the economy in the proverbial toilet and the D word (depression) hovering on the periphery, what is the Obama administration supposed to do about education? What can it do? Will additional and new funding be necessary to address his main concerns? 

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


The Rebirth of Education

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A friend of mine, J.M. Zimmerman, once stated that to revitalize our schools, engage our children and ultimately save our planet will require “the death of education and its rebirth.” Sometimes systems are so flawed that they need to be scrapped and replaced rather than fiddled with or fixed. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE
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When Teachers Are the Dropouts

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Much is made of the dropout rate in America’s schools, and usually it’s the students who are the focus of the discussion. But what happens when teachers themselves opt out of their roles in the classroom? [In this short analysis, Truthdig educational expert Paul Cummins looks at teachers’ heartbreak, frustration and depression.]

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


We Must Learn Again

The author takes aim at the shortcomings of the contemporary American educational system, laments the current state of arts education, and wonders what exactly schools are preparing younger generations to do—and become.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


The Said and the Unsaid

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AP / Charles Dharapak

The most instructive way to interpret Bush’s State of the Union speech is to focus on what he didn’t say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE

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Paul Cummins
Paul Cummins

Paul Cummins is executive director of the New Visions Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to catalyze change in American public education.

Cummins co-founded Crossroads School (Santa Monica, CA) in 1971, the Crossroads Community Foundation in 1991, New Roads School in 1995, and was a co-creator in launching Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.

Cummins holds degrees from Stanford (B.A.), Harvard (M.A.T.) and the University of Southern California (M.A., Ph.D.).

He taught English at Harvard School and the Oakwood School in California as well as at UCLA.

He is the author of several books, including “Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools for All Students” (Red Hen Press, 2006)and most recently “Confessions of a Headmaster” (Red Hen Press, 2015).


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