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May 17, 2011

What Works Best: Help or Punishment?

The other sees schools as one part of a free-market economy, where quality may be judged by data; if the results aren't good enough, then fire part or all of the people and close the store, I mean, the school and pick a new location.

May 12, 2011

Here's Why They Don't Listen

Some see the chance to destroy another public stronghold—our schools—as a lifelong dream come true. They are 100 percent convinced that market competition is always the best.

May 05, 2011

'Fact-lets' of Education

I noticed that two Harlem schools just a few blocks away—both serving largely poor, black students—served students whose families were often quite different. "Poor" covers a lot of territory. I

March 24, 2011

More Villainous Than Hypocrisy

Democracy rests on an agreement that disagreements are inevitable and healthy and that democracy is at its best a way to sort them out with the least harm to the weakest and least of its citizens.

March 17, 2011

Something to Fight For

We need something to fight FOR, not just against. The billionaires' reforms take us backward, so what would forward look like?

February 15, 2011

The Problem with TFA

Perhaps unintentionally, TFA's success has stifled any national discussion about how to build a profession of well-educated, well-prepared, experienced educators who view teaching as a career rather than an experience.

February 03, 2011

Rules, Children, Schools, and Prisons

So if I sometimes call schools "prisons," I'm actually trying to be, but am not entirely being, literal. Young people are deprived of their liberty although they've committed no crime except being between the ages of 6 and 18?

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 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.

October 19, 2010

A Manifesto by the Powerful

The superintendents' manifesto does not come from the powerless. It was written by men and women who are in charge of major school systems and who certainly have far more power than parents, teachers, principals, or ordinary citizens.

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