We need schools in which adults are treated like adults by those "above" them in the hierarchy--which has hardly ever been the condition of public schools, especially those serving poor communities.
Diane Ravitch says last week's election results underscore voter unhappiness with the autocratic approach to school "reform."
Deborah Meier wonders about what could convince her to change her educational convictions.
Civil rights groups received too little attention when they raised important concerns about the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative this summer, Diane Ravitch writes.
Dear Readers, I've had a lazy summer—while Diane has been busy on behalf of so many of us confronting the "enemy." But if you click on deborahmeier.com you'll see some of the results of my one summer task—reading newly found old boxes full of letters, documents, and clippings. I'm three-fourths done. One folder included my earlier correspondence with Diane—written when we saw each other as enemies! We had pretty harsh things to say about each other—only some of which were misunderstandings (e.g. how we each defined the heart of Progressive education). It leads...