Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.
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December 02, 2014
May 29, 2014
Meier: It's amazing the lengths to which we will go to avoid the questions that surround poverty and segregation, and how useful instead it has been to focus our animosity on schools.
May 22, 2014
Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.
April 24, 2014
Meier: I also recognized that the new "reformers" used this to argue that their approach could be implemented, top-down, which would make it easier to replicate.
April 01, 2014
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
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
Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.
March 20, 2014
Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.
March 18, 2014
Pondiscio: Having standards to which all publicly funded schools are held accountable doesn't strike me as an undue burden.
September 24, 2013
I think, when it comes to schools, it's important that the body involved be public, transparent, self-sustaining (not fiscally dependent on a private body), and as close to those affected as reasonable.