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June 05, 2014

What's Good for Rich Kids Is Good for Poor Ones, Too

Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.

April 24, 2014

Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs

Meier: I also recognized that the new "reformers" used this to argue that their approach could be implemented, top-down, which would make it easier to replicate.

April 01, 2014

Is School Reform Needed or Not?

Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.

March 20, 2014

Why Voting Beats 'Voting With One's Feet'

Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.

February 11, 2014

When 'Pretty Good' Schools Aren't Enough

Meier: I believe the cards are so stacked against children in poverty and children of color that "pretty good" or "good enough for my own kids" will not make it for them.

January 28, 2014

Let's Talk More About Teaching

Meier: The difference between schools for the rich and poor was both how and what was taught.

January 21, 2014

Preparing Kids for More Than College

Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.

January 09, 2014

What 'System' Works for Both of Us?

Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.

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.

June 20, 2013

Schools & What We Mean by Being 'Successful'

Many find it hard now to imagine being "just" lifelong classroom teachers or even principals for decades. Those "justs" are my heroes.

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