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February 09, 2012

The Feeble Strength of One!

It seems clearer than ever to me that we need to re-explore issues of choice, so that they are not used to undermine the political communities that are at the base of our political democracy or to glorify the segregation of schools by race.

October 04, 2011

The Trouble With the Parent Trigger

The Parent Trigger should be recognized for what it is: A stealth assault on public education.

June 30, 2011

When We End Up Defending, Not Proposing

Isn't it amazing that at just the moment in history that the private sector has demonstrated a combination of appalling ignorance and incompetence—to the detriment of billions of ordinary people—they've managed to use their monstrous profits to shift the argument to the sins of the public sector?

April 12, 2011

Vouchers Make a Comeback, But Why?

That last argument is the one that really moves policymakers in these tough fiscal times. Imagine that: voucher schools may not educate kids better, but they can do the job at half the cost. That's powerful, and it reveals what matters most these days: not improving education, not encouraging creativity and innovation, but cutting costs.

January 20, 2011

Making Alliances With Open Eyes

It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.

January 13, 2011

When Good Words Become the Enemy

I had such faith in the abstract when I began teaching. And to my delighted surprise even the children I was told were too deprived to play, or had no language for play, etc., took to it without a single lesson.

December 07, 2010

We Need Public Schools and Democratic Governance

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.

November 02, 2010

Did We Bridge Our Differences?

Diane Ravitch writes: "Somehow our old disputes about whole language, bilingual education, and the new new math pale in comparison to the coordinated assault by powerful forces on the very foundations of public education."

October 14, 2010

Considering 'The Same Thing Over and Over'

Deborah Meier uses Frederick Hess's book, The Same Thing Over and Over, as the springboard for a bigger look at school reform and the conflict between hype and reality in school change.

May 13, 2010

Charters & Their Shallow Community Roots

Dear Diane, That was an amazing and surprising find re. Milwaukee charters. I thought that at the very least they'd get the advantage of being in a more diverse (integrated) setting with more middle-class kids and that being chosen (even by lottery) would produce a kind of halo effect. Why it didn'...

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