We also might want to consider that what we see as a clash of interests is really just a clash of ideology.
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January 16, 2013
I keep pounding away at this issue because I agree with you: It's not enough to criticize without offering alternatives.
November 28, 2012
What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.
November 25, 2012
A big part of what is wrong with the current debate about reform is that it is dominated by what I think of as naïve optimists and radical pessimists. The naïve optimists are the ones promoting simplistic solutions like: "fire bad teachers," "lengthen the school day," ...
November 15, 2012
There simply is no way to know when and how the democratic forces will rise up, as they did here in Chi-town, and say, "Enough of that! We've got a different plan."
June 03, 2012
Of course, Pearson is not just a publisher of standardized tests. It is a mega-corporation. It is a behemoth of for-profit goods and services to the education marketplace.
May 30, 2012
I remember, Diane, in 1967 telling kindergarteners in Harlem about the struggle for integration in southern schools. I stopped and looked at the faces of my 5-year-olds. Every single one was black. What did they make of what I was saying? What do they think today?
May 15, 2012
Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?
May 12, 2012
Philadelphia has had state control of its public schools for a full decade. Now the leaders of the city think that public education is the problem.
May 07, 2012
Is there any evidence that any of these changes will improve education? No, none whatsoever. Does the Jindal law follow the lead of any of the high-performing nations? No.