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 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...

Diane Ravitch predicts another difficult year of test-based "reform" for the nation's schools.

[Editor's note: After today's entry from Deborah Meier, the Bridging Differences blog takes a summer break. Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch (and their blog) will return to in September.] Dear Diane, A good summer read (see below for other ideas): Mis-Measuring Our Lives, Why GDP Doesn't Add Up, by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi (The New Press, 2010). Sometimes one discovers that ideas from different fields are remarkably in sync with each other. Here are a few quotes from this book that should keep us busy this summer. His bete noir: GDP "Our statistics reflect...the...

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