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March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

March 01, 2013

Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss

How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.

February 26, 2013

Is It 2007 Yet?

Our achievement goals should be a national decision, not an individual state decision.

November 13, 2012

Time to Put Forward a New Reform Agenda

I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.

November 08, 2012

What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election?

When disaster strikes (like Sandy) we don't expect the police to volunteer their time, nor the firemen, nor doctors and nurses—although no doubt many do go above and beyond their obligations. But we do expect teachers to make up for the impact of poverty and austerity politics on schoolchildren.

November 01, 2012

Trust and Its Misuses

I am very concerned by the privatization tendency in all areas of life, and my colleagues at the International Education meeting in Brussels were worrying along the same lines. With austerity driving ever-increasing chasms between the rich and everyone else, I don't see what will stop it.

October 16, 2012

The Politics of Reform in the Presidential Election

The Obama administration is our ally, not our enemy. We must work with them to show that a better approach to improving our schools is possible.

May 10, 2012

The Left Wing of the Possible

our nation's most pressing educational problem remains the opportunity gap between the children of the haves and those of the have-nots; this gap has grown with the mounting social inequality of the last 40 years.

April 12, 2012

When Everything Is a 'Race'

Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.

April 03, 2012

Stalking the Vampire in Texas

The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.

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