Melinda D. Anderson

Melinda D. Anderson is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and is based in Washington, D.C.

A closed and boarded up public school in Chicago

What Happens When Poor Kids Are Taught Society Is Fair

A new study finds that the myth of meritocracy can lead disadvantaged adolescents to act out and engage in risky behavior.

How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism

Urban-education programs prepare them for imperative contemporary conversations with students.

What's the Future for Education and Civil Rights in the Trump Era?

Experts with varying opinions weigh in on what the arm of the Department of Education could look like under the new administration.

The Rise of Law Enforcement on College Campuses

The number of officers has continued to expand despite plateauing crime rates at universities.