On SATs, strategy and the social strike

Cautiously pessimistic

On August 9th, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. While police killings of young black people may be almost routine in the US, what followed was very far from routine, as angry protests and riots erupted across Ferguson and sparked similar revolts across the country. That November, a further wave of uprisings broke out after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson.

On May 3rd, 2016, thousands of parents of primary school-aged children in the UK encouraged their children to skip classes for the day, with many taking them on picnics or involving them in fun outdoor learning activities instead, in protest at increasing testing and rigid, prescriptive teaching methods being imposed upon younger and younger children.

At first, it can be hard to imagine what, beyond the most vague, abstract themes, could possibly link these two moments. But an unexpected answer has…

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