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February 04, 2014

There Is No One Right Way

Meier: If half the effort and money spent on standardizing, aligning, testing, scripting over the last half-century had been spent on this kind of support, encouragement, and opportunity, we'd be in a very different and better place.

January 30, 2014

Making Teachers Guides to the World

Pondiscio: I object less to the principle of accountability than a sloppy, ill-defined, or unfair accountability system that encourages bad practice.

January 14, 2014

The Hidden Curriculum

Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.

December 19, 2013

The Task of Building a Thirst for Knowledge

Meier: None of us should blame our kids, our teachers, their parents, or public schools for their "failure" to outperform the rich on, of all things, tests which we know are, by design, sensitive to class and race.

December 17, 2013

Who's the Real Progressive?

Robert Pondiscio: If being progressive means concern with how children are educated, not the outcome of that education, then what does it mean to be progressive?

December 12, 2013

A Standard Curriculum Won't Erase Gaps

Deborah Meier: How a mandated national curriculum or privatization promotes accountability or equality is a mystery to both Diane and myself.

December 10, 2013

The Progressive Case for a Common Curriculum

Do you believe we can morally and lawfully make knowledge demands, however trivial, of one class of citizens but not another?

December 05, 2013

In 'The Spirit of Liberty'

It's probably easier to teach about liberty than democracy. The former is perhaps "natural" to the human species.

December 03, 2013

What Can We Agree to Teach?

A child who does not leave his or her public education endowed with the same body of knowledge as his or her peers is consigned to second-class citizenship

November 19, 2013

Educating for Democracy-and Liberty

At their best, our schools have always welcomed children into the body politic, while also serving as engines of upward mobility, individual agency, and self-fulfillment.

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