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June 10, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.

January 30, 2014

Making Teachers Guides to the World

Pondiscio: I object less to the principle of accountability than a sloppy, ill-defined, or unfair accountability system that encourages bad practice.

September 20, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part Two

Most panelists agreed that there is a yawning gap between the "reform" policies of the moment and the consensus among scholars who have devoted their lives to studying the issues. How to bridge that gap?

April 14, 2011

Utopia vs. 'Real Politics'

We instead encourage children from ages 4 to 18 to think it's mostly about doing better in school so you'll do better in school OR, big step forward, you'll get a better-paying job. (Or ANY job.) We actually offer them statistical proof of this, over and over.

June 29, 2010

Parting Thoughts

Editor's Note: Bridging Differences begins its annual summer break after Deborah Meier's upcoming post on Thursday. The blog will return in September. Dear Deborah, This is my last blog until the fall. Time to take a break and recharge our batteries or whatever it is that keeps us going. I have...

June 01, 2010

Deconstructing NAEP Reading Scores for Cities

Dear Deborah, This year the federal testing program (the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP) expanded to include 18 urban districts. The testing of urban districts is known as TUDA (or, Trial Urban District Assessment). TUDA was launched in 2002, in response to a request by the Co...

April 13, 2010

Meager Gains on NAEP Reading Assessments

Dear Deborah, In my book I argue that No Child Left Behind was a failed strategy. We both know the reasons why. It narrowed the curriculum; it introduced a culture of testing and test prepping into the nation's schools; it represented an unprecedented extension of federal control into the nation's...

February 18, 2010

The Most Shameful Response to an Apparent Crisis

Dear Diane, Will this period mostly be known for the extraordinarily high levels of everyday corruption and the buying and selling of democracy? We're growing accustomed to it. We jail folks for smoking pot, while corporations (full-scale citizens, according to the Supreme Court) can't be jailed fo...

July 09, 2009

Summer Reading & Other Thoughts

Editor's Note: After this week, Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch begin their annual summer break. Their blog will return in September. Dear Diane, I’m still amazed at how fast the new educational establishment plans to “revolutionize” our schools. I acknowledge that your support for national ...

July 07, 2009

Those Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Editor's Note: After this week, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier begin their annual summer break. Their blog will return in September. Dear Deborah, We have had fun these past couple of years exploring our differences and our agreements. It is clear that the point where we diverge most strongly is ...

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