Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."
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December 16, 2014
December 11, 2014
Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism?
December 09, 2014
Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?
December 04, 2014
Casey: I can't look at the pictures of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice without seeing reflections of the faces of my own children and my own students.
December 02, 2014
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.
November 20, 2014
Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.
November 18, 2014
Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?
November 11, 2014
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
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
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.