I fear we're back, public-policy-wise, to the year I was born, 1931, when most of what we know as the American dream was still to come.
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March 10, 2011
February 10, 2011
In New York City, there are a thousand schools with a million-plus students, and yet there is no avenue for a democratic voice.
February 08, 2011
Every time a public school is closed, it should be considered a failure of the central administration. The leaders who close the most public schools are the biggest failures.
January 26, 2011
There is never a time when we "finally" hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up. We have to take our stand right now, wherever and whenever justice is betrayed.
January 20, 2011
It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.
January 18, 2011
It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.
December 02, 2010
Where can teachers find such collegiality today? Where are the institutions or publications that are built around deep respect for the intelligence and inventiveness of teachers—and kids? Are they there, but I'm missing them?
November 16, 2010
Mayoral control, which was enacted by the New York state legislature in 2002, brought stability, but at a price. The price was that executive decisions are made without any democratic process.
November 11, 2010
"In short, what concerns us, Diane, is not new, but part of some ancient issues that reappear over and over. Ted Sizer used to say that he wanted his own kids in schools where he could look the decisionmakers in the eye and personally expect an answer, other than "I had to do it. THEY made me." "
October 21, 2010
Wealth brings privileges. To pretend otherwise and insist that the "gaps" between the wealthy and the poor aren't important is not just a benign mistake; it's a dangerous one. When we allow the target to shift to "lazy" teachers and power-hungry unions, we should feel guilty, Mr. Guggenheim.