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.
Meier: The difference between schools for the rich and poor was both how and what was taught.
Pondiscio: You don't like "college prep," but how do you feel about "work prep?" About independence prep?