Erica Salkin

by Erica Salkin

Common Core. There are few phrases quite as controversial in K-12 education today as the name of this nationwide initiative. Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. [...] more »

by Erica Salkin

“For our semester project,” I announced to my SP402 class last spring, “you will plan, create multimedia content for, and launch a website dedicated to a shared topic.” The students of this upper-division course — mainly juniors and seniors — looked at each other and then me, bewildered. Evidently that was not what they expected [...] more »

by Erica Salkin

In October 2011, Caitlin Curran was fired from her part-time position as a freelance web producer at WNYC Radio and Public Radio International. The reason, she explains in an article on Gawker, related to her participation in an Occupy Wall Street protest, at which this photograph was taken: #win #ows pic.twitter.com/TOKTd5wT — Ben Furnas (@bfurnas) [...] more »

by Erica Salkin

There’s good, bad and ugly in the tale of former Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson. “Former,” because in January 2014 she resigned from her position at OSU after a three-month battle over an open records request she made under Oregon’s Open Records Law. Willson requested campus crime statistics and employee compensation information [...] more »

by Erica Salkin

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its [...] more »