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May 29, 2014

'Urban' Schools and Other Euphemisms

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

We Need a Strong Alliance for Schools

Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.

May 20, 2014

Thoughts From a Sit-In

Klonsky: The struggle in the cities, while certainly connected to testing and curriculum (common core), has been focused on equity.

May 01, 2014

Who Do We Ally With?

Meier: Of late, teaching is not a field I'm comfortable seeing my grandchildren or their friends entering.

April 29, 2014

An Assault on Public Schools

Klonsky: What we are facing at this moment though, is not so much the problem of choice schools vs. neighborhood schools, or progressive schools vs. traditional schools. Rather, it's an assault on public schools and public space in general.

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.

November 21, 2013

The Hard Part: Defining Democracy

We're not natural-born democrats, but we are natural born "intellectuals," "theorists," "jokers," "reflecters," plus possessors of plenty of grit.

January 15, 2013

Final Thoughts on Expanding Education Opportunity

I am struck by how many educators and parents are fed up and frustrated with the direction in which we have been headed.

November 21, 2012

Seeking Common Ground, for Schools & Walmarts

The one thing though that we shouldn't and needn't give up is the neighborliness of schools, and that means changes in policy re. housing, highways, jobs, and more.

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