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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 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.

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.

November 14, 2013

Before 'What' (We Teach) Comes 'Why'

I want communities, teachers, and students to have lively discourse about what "the future" will look like, rather than "teaching to" a preordained one.

November 12, 2013

Ed Reform Needs a Nixon-to-China Moment

One of the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate is that it makes enemies of people who might be able to add value to each other's work.

November 04, 2013

Bridging Differences Returns Next Week

Tune in next week when she is joined by her newest co-blogger: Robert Pondiscio of Citizenship First.

October 29, 2013

Making Better Sense of Our Differences

Is it really "virtuous" to put one's own children ahead of everyone else's? That baffles me. Have I misunderstood you?

October 22, 2013

Disparate Impacts & Another View on Poverty

Despite 30 years of relentless attack most still trust school teachers more than businesspeople, public schools more than corporations, and see their own neighborhood school as pretty good! It amazes me.

October 15, 2013

Who Are the 'Deserving Rich'?

I'd find your willingness to back away from "a pure boot strap" approach comforting, but remind you that many children born to parents (or great grandparents) in the top fifth never have to lift themselves up at all to remain in the top fifth.

October 01, 2013

Democracy Is an 'Idea,' Not a Recipe

I want some things to "matter" to students, their families, and the school community—and citizens writ large. Habit #5 of our "Habits of Mind" is: "Who cares? Why does it matter?"

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