I was talking about the present dangerous effort to distort the purposes of education, to hand vast numbers of public schools over to private corporations, and to treat children as data points to satisfy misguided politicians, policy-makers, and economists.


There is simply no doubt that our Founding Fathers would have been shocked to discover that decadent Europe was more egalitarian—with greater mobility and shared sacrifice—than the United States.


The lesson of PISA is this: Neither of the world's highest-performing nations do what our "reformers" want to do. How long will it take before our political leaders begin to listen to educators?


We are, I do believe, in a fight over the most fundamental building blocks of democracy.


We must continue to have schools that are the center of their communities, where children are students, not products, and parents are citizens, not customers.


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