Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.


It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.


It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.


I had such faith in the abstract when I began teaching. And to my delighted surprise even the children I was told were too deprived to play, or had no language for play, etc., took to it without a single lesson.


But I am even more offended by the prospect that Mark Twain's classic work will be expurgated, rewritten by someone who wants to shield readers from the book's original language. How did we become such delicate creatures that we cannot dare to read a word that might discomfit us?


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