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October 22, 2013

Disparate Impacts & Another View on Poverty

Despite 30 years of relentless attack most still trust school teachers more than businesspeople, public schools more than corporations, and see their own neighborhood school as pretty good! It amazes me.

October 17, 2013

See You in the Center

I totally understand the frustration of educators who complain that policymakers put all the problems of the world on their shoulders and want to see "broader and bolder" efforts to fight poverty, too. But there's a simple reason that education has been in the spotlight for so long: It's one of the few things upon which the politicians--and the Americans they represent--can agree.

October 15, 2013

Who Are the 'Deserving Rich'?

I'd find your willingness to back away from "a pure boot strap" approach comforting, but remind you that many children born to parents (or great grandparents) in the top fifth never have to lift themselves up at all to remain in the top fifth.

October 10, 2013

The Especially Deserving Poor

A good many of our policies and programs should be designed to help people with the drive, work ethic, tenacity, and motivation to rise. We should clear any obstacles in their path. We should empower them with opportunities. And, at all costs, we should avoid undercutting their efforts. In short, we should bring an ethos of meritocracy back to our anti-poverty efforts--the same ethos that still works relatively well at the top of our social structures and could work equally well at the bottom.

October 08, 2013

Faith in Social Mobility Isn't Enough

Test-score achievement may lead to a BA, MA, or PhD, but it isn't the route to a good job if enough good jobs don't exist.

October 03, 2013

Has the Left Lost Faith in Upward Mobility?

Do you in fact not believe that tomorrow's schools, like those of yesterday, can be lighthouses that help young people find a brighter future? And if you share my faith in the power of great schools, how can we help educators see their role as a point of pride, rather than something that feels like an accusation?

June 14, 2013

Why Don't We 'Fix' Poverty While We're at It?

Why do those with a real choice elect for very small class sizes, highly credentialed and experienced staff, attention to the aesthetics of the environment, plenty of outdoor space, no dearth of arts of all sorts ...

June 11, 2013

How Poverty Is Like Global Warming (& Other Parting Thoughts)

But I will repeat my supposition that to make the biggest difference for the most children growing up in poverty, what we must do is offer them incredible schools.

June 07, 2013

How Do We Judge Success in a Democracy?

One cannot judge the success of a school or student (or a president!) without prior agreement about what we mean by success.

June 04, 2013

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

We're talking about public schools, after all--and the public has a right to demand certain results from its investment.

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