In a discouraging time, stirrings of a new movement for citizenship and civic education are signs of hope. The youth civic empowerment and civic education initiative Public Achievement illustrates, as does the new field of Civic Studies, centered on citizens as co-creators, and new congressional legislation.
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January 15, 2013
I am struck by how many educators and parents are fed up and frustrated with the direction in which we have been headed.
November 13, 2012
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.
October 16, 2012
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.
April 19, 2012
Can we build a response that doesn't rest on fear, but rather on hope?
February 07, 2012
The turnaround approach assumes that it is bad principals and bad teachers who stand in the way of school improvement.
January 31, 2012
Do you think that President Obama just doesn't understand that Race to the Top has encouraged states to double down on high-stakes testing? Maybe he doesn't realize that the strategies of his administration rely totally on test scores.
January 10, 2012
After 10 years of NCLB, we should have seen dramatic progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but we have not.
October 25, 2011
Despite the manifest failure of NCLB, the Obama administration proposes not to scrap it, but to offer waivers if states agree to accept the mandates selected by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
October 18, 2011
But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.