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January 25, 2011

The Death of Federalism?

Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.

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.

January 13, 2011

When Good Words Become the Enemy

I had such faith in the abstract when I began teaching. And to my delighted surprise even the children I was told were too deprived to play, or had no language for play, etc., took to it without a single lesson.

December 07, 2010

We Need Public Schools and Democratic Governance

We must continue to have schools that are the center of their communities, where children are students, not products, and parents are citizens, not customers.

November 30, 2010

Bill Gates Listens to the Wrong People

The eerie similarity between Secretary Duncan and Bill Gates makes me wonder who is running the Department of Education.

November 09, 2010

What I Learned in New Orleans

My favorite line from that day occurred when Jackson said he had recently visited some very high-performing nations. At each stop, he asked authorities: "What do you do about bad teachers?" They consistently replied: "We help them."

November 02, 2010

Did We Bridge Our Differences?

Diane Ravitch writes: "Somehow our old disputes about whole language, bilingual education, and the new new math pale in comparison to the coordinated assault by powerful forces on the very foundations of public education."

October 14, 2010

Considering 'The Same Thing Over and Over'

Deborah Meier uses Frederick Hess's book, The Same Thing Over and Over, as the springboard for a bigger look at school reform and the conflict between hype and reality in school change.

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.

September 30, 2010

The Truth Has Taken a Beating: Now What?

The scare tactics that followed A Nation at Risk have led to a false and damaging narrative about American schools and what needs to be done to improve them, Deborah Meier writes.

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