Pondiscio: It is easy to be overwhelmed and defeated as a teacher by all we cannot do and all that conspires to thwart our best efforts. I choose to focus on the possible.
Meier: We apparently have settled for closing the test-score gaps between the poor and rich on at least math and reading tests.
Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.
Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!
Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.