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.
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February 11, 2014
February 04, 2014
Meier: If half the effort and money spent on standardizing, aligning, testing, scripting over the last half-century had been spent on this kind of support, encouragement, and opportunity, we'd be in a very different and better place.
January 28, 2014
Meier: The difference between schools for the rich and poor was both how and what was taught.
January 20, 2014
Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.
January 16, 2014
Pondiscio: None of these activities are as important as the message they send to the predominantly low-income kids of color we serve: your voice matters, and you have a duty to use it.
January 13, 2014
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.
January 09, 2014
Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.
January 07, 2014
Deborah Meier: But if we could start with the question of what a good school needs and then build a system based on that, it doesn't seem as undoable.
October 29, 2013
Is it really "virtuous" to put one's own children ahead of everyone else's? That baffles me. Have I misunderstood you?
June 18, 2013
Many find it hard now to imagine being "just" lifelong classroom teachers or even principals for decades. Those "justs" are my heroes.