Denver: If you go out that-a-way, visit the Jefferson County Open School. Begun in 1970, it's a precious gem.
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March 21, 2012
March 08, 2012
Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.
March 06, 2012
Why are the elites of both parties so eager to hand children and public dollars over to private corporations? Why are both parties complicit in the dismantling of public education?
February 29, 2012
I've been so used to trying to persuade powerful people that we can't base good schooling on simple tools of "measurement" that I forgot that truly they don't care.
January 26, 2012
I'm not regretting having spent 50 years trying to reform American public education, and I think it's more imperative today than ever. But the future doesn't depend on it the way it does on our economic crisis, our political system crisis, and our planetary self-destruction.
January 04, 2012
Like No Child Left Behind, the Soviet state set goals for everyone to meet—or else. Since they were unmeetable goals, it produced a culture of lies and cover-ups and a climate of fear. Does that sound familiar?
December 06, 2011
If charters had stuck to their original selling point—the need for innovation on a small, less-regulated scale before we mandated it on a large scale—there'd be a few grumbles and otherwise just curiosity.
November 30, 2011
In a world in which the money some folks earn in a day is more than what others hope to earn in a year, a decade, a lifetime, it's hard to calculate likelihoods. Even the word "earn" is problematic.
November 29, 2011
I have no problem with businesses making a profit when they offer value for goods and services. But there is something about this for-profit education industry that feels unseemly.
November 15, 2011
Most of the new charters are not accountable to any public but their own privately chosen board (and a very distant appointed oversight committee). None of its constituents—parents, students, or staff—are by law part of that board nor have any choice but speaking with their feet. Not their voices.