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February 10, 2011

Egypt and NYC

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

Closing Public Schools: A Truly Bad Idea

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

Closing the Incarceration Gap

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

Making Alliances With Open Eyes

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

The Pitfalls of Putting Economists in Charge Of Education

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 Collegiality Today?

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

That Was the Week That Was

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

When There is No One to 'Look in the Eye'

"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

Why 'Convenient' Lies Won't Set Us Free

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.

October 12, 2010

Are Charters the Silver Bullet?

Charters are not a silver bullet. They are a lead bullet. Their target is American public education.

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