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April 03, 2014

We Need Changes Beyond School, Too

Meier: We apparently have settled for closing the test-score gaps between the poor and rich on at least math and reading tests.

April 01, 2014

Is School Reform Needed or Not?

Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.

March 27, 2014

Choice: For Shareholders or Stakeholders?

Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!

March 25, 2014

Choice Is Messy. So Be It.

Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.

March 18, 2014

Deborah Meier, Libertarian?

Pondiscio: Having standards to which all publicly funded schools are held accountable doesn't strike me as an undue burden.

March 11, 2014

Testing, Truth, and Consequences

Pondiscio: Fair-minded readers might applaud the mindset that asks not simply, "What does this test measure?" but also, "What kind of classroom practice does this test encourage?"

March 06, 2014

Agreed: No Profiting Off Children's Education

Deborah Meier: If democracy is worth dying for, how about our learning to live with it?

February 27, 2014

What Education Doesn't Know About Business

Pondiscio: A compliance mentality is far more evident in schools than in business. ... If we really ran schools like businesses you might find much to like about it.

February 25, 2014

We 'Choose' for Poor Children Every Day

Meier: You and I-or some other somebodies-are deciding the future of "other people's children" unless we provide ways for "them" to have a voice, a vote, and the resources to decide their own future.

February 06, 2014

Be Excellent at Simple

Pondiscio: I'm often baffled by our insistence on making the perfect the enemy of the good. My Democracy Prep colleague Lindsay Malanga and I often say we should start an organization called the Coalition of Pretty Good Schools.

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