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February 11, 2014

When 'Pretty Good' Schools Aren't Enough

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 14, 2014

The Hidden Curriculum

Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.

March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

December 06, 2011

Do You Believe in Miracles?

There are no silver bullets in education. There are no magic feathers that enable elephants like Dumbo to fly. It's hard work to improve schools. It takes dedication, resources, and time. And the work is never done, the magic number of 100 percent is always out of reach.

October 11, 2011

What Can We Learn From Finland?

Finland rightly deserves attention today as a nation that treats its children as a precious resource and that honors the adults who make education their passion and their career.

January 04, 2011

Another Look at PISA

So long as we continue to avert our gaze from the festering problems bred by deep poverty and racial isolation, it seems unlikely that any school reform agenda can produce the transformation that our society seeks.

December 16, 2010

Living in a Moment of Tension in School Reform

There is simply no doubt that our Founding Fathers would have been shocked to discover that decadent Europe was more egalitarian—with greater mobility and shared sacrifice—than the United States.

December 14, 2010

The Real Lessons of PISA

The lesson of PISA is this: Neither of the world's highest-performing nations do what our "reformers" want to do. How long will it take before our political leaders begin to listen to educators?

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