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.
Recently in NYC schools Category
April 01, 2014
March 20, 2014
Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.
February 11, 2014
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
Meier: The difference between schools for the rich and poor was both how and what was taught.
January 21, 2014
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
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
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
Many find it hard now to imagine being "just" lifelong classroom teachers or even principals for decades. Those "justs" are my heroes.
May 15, 2012
Philadelphia has had state control of its public schools for a full decade. Now the leaders of the city think that public education is the problem.
March 22, 2012
Denver: If you go out that-a-way, visit the Jefferson County Open School. Begun in 1970, it's a precious gem.