Pondiscio: A compliance mentality is far more evident in schools than in business. ... If we really ran schools like businesses you might find much to like about it.
Meier: You and I-or some other somebodies-are deciding the future of "other people's children" unless we provide ways for "them" to have a voice, a vote, and the resources to decide their own future.
Pondiscio: I resist the facile temptation to conflate testing with all that is wrong with American education. Testing did not destroy schooling. It revealed the rot and complacency within too many schools.
Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.
Pondiscio: I would argue that the most important thing for educators to get right is school tone and culture.