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January 20, 2015

School Choice, Common Core, Too Much Testing, & Other Thoughts

Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.

November 11, 2014

Schools Should Teach Students to Lead, Not Follow

Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.

November 06, 2014

The 'Public' Character of Public Schools

Casey: The imposition of a business model and "market discipline" on public education, with the use of high-stakes standardized exams as a "bottom line," has done serious damage.

November 04, 2014

Wanted: A Campaign to Preserve 'Public' Schools

Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.

October 30, 2014

In Defense of Educational Change

Casey: Shouldn't we take on directly "test and punish" accountability, rather than be diverted into a crusade against the common core?

October 28, 2014

The Dangers of the Common Core

Meier: As long as we see standards as 'The Standards' we will face this danger—and especially if who is right/wrong is based on impact on test scores designed by the same people who have mandated the standards.

October 23, 2014

Civic Literacy and the Power of 'Close Reading'

Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?

October 21, 2014

We Need Standards Without Standardizing

Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

October 16, 2014

Getting Past Surreal Arguments on the Common Core

Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.

May 27, 2014

Urban, Rural Schools Connected by Inequality

Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.

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