Building communities of mutual respect and trust isn't helped by the forces out there intent on sowing distrust.
Diane Ravitch is furious at the unfair and dangerous treatment she feels teachers and public education are receiving; value-added assessment, she says, is a misguided and damaging means of judging teacher performance.
The scare tactics that followed A Nation at Risk have led to a false and damaging narrative about American schools and what needs to be done to improve them, Deborah Meier writes.
Merit pay for teachers doesn't work, but the Obama administration is pushing it anyway, Diane Ravitch writes.
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.