Denver: If you go out that-a-way, visit the Jefferson County Open School. Begun in 1970, it's a precious gem.
David knocked down Goliath. Democracy lives. The good guys won.
But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.
It cannot be accidental that the sharp drop in teacher morale coincides with the efforts of people such as Michelle Rhee and organizations such as Education Reform Now and Stand for Children to end teacher tenure and seniority.
Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.