Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.
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June 05, 2014
June 03, 2014
Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.
May 27, 2014
Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.
May 22, 2014
Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.
April 29, 2014
Klonsky: What we are facing at this moment though, is not so much the problem of choice schools vs. neighborhood schools, or progressive schools vs. traditional schools. Rather, it's an assault on public schools and public space in general.
April 24, 2014
Meier: I also recognized that the new "reformers" used this to argue that their approach could be implemented, top-down, which would make it easier to replicate.
April 22, 2014
Klonsky: How did we let this dynamic movement of educators and community activists morph into a top-down, corporate-style web of privately operated charter schools?
April 10, 2014
Meier: The standards are a curriculum and imply a pedagogy, too.
March 20, 2014
Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.
February 11, 2014
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.