January 2011 Archives

Closing the Incarceration Gap

There is never a time when we "finally" hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up. We have to take our stand right now, wherever and whenever justice is betrayed.


The Death of Federalism?

Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.


Making Alliances With Open Eyes

It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.


The Pitfalls of Putting Economists in Charge Of Education

It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.


When Good Words Become the Enemy

I had such faith in the abstract when I began teaching. And to my delighted surprise even the children I was told were too deprived to play, or had no language for play, etc., took to it without a single lesson.


'Huckleberry Finn' and 'The Wire'

But I am even more offended by the prospect that Mark Twain's classic work will be expurgated, rewritten by someone who wants to shield readers from the book's original language. How did we become such delicate creatures that we cannot dare to read a word that might discomfit us?


Public Education and Fact vs. Fiction

No serious discussion can take place among people who hold so many different pictures of both current and past realities and have no patience for digging further.


Another Look at PISA

So long as we continue to avert our gaze from the festering problems bred by deep poverty and racial isolation, it seems unlikely that any school reform agenda can produce the transformation that our society seeks.


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