Sometimes art and history come together in wonderful ways. That's what happened in these marvelous movies and a terrific musical that I saw recently. Although they described vastly different people, each illustrated art's immense ability to enrich our lives, and stir us as nothing else can.

School leaders and policymakers must weigh the impact of anything they require schools to do against its social and individual gains.

We both believe schools should help young people to believe in, and be active participants in democracy...As you put it, "There's a radical--and wonderful--new idea here... that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people's ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world.... I think both what you and I suggest are needed if this is going to happen in most schools for virtually all students.

Today Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan describe what their priorities for a progressive education agenda.

Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss their differing interpretations of the school-choice movement--and what it means for democracy.

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