Pondiscio: I would argue that the most important thing for educators to get right is school tone and culture.
Meier: I believe the cards are so stacked against children in poverty and children of color that "pretty good" or "good enough for my own kids" will not make it for them.
Pondiscio: I'm often baffled by our insistence on making the perfect the enemy of the good. My Democracy Prep colleague Lindsay Malanga and I often say we should start an organization called the Coalition of Pretty Good Schools.
Meier: If half the effort and money spent on standardizing, aligning, testing, scripting over the last half-century had been spent on this kind of support, encouragement, and opportunity, we'd be in a very different and better place.
Pondiscio: I object less to the principle of accountability than a sloppy, ill-defined, or unfair accountability system that encourages bad practice.