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January 20, 2015

School Choice, Common Core, Too Much Testing, & Other Thoughts

Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.

January 08, 2015

Five Myths of the Charter Public School Movement

Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?

January 06, 2015

When Charters Are More Like Chain Stores Than Small Schools

Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.

December 18, 2014

Democracy, Schools, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'

December 16, 2014

Do Teachers' Unions Truly Practice Democracy?

Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."

December 09, 2014

Can Schools Act as a Force Against Racism?

Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?

November 20, 2014

Democracy: Who Educates the Educators?

Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.

November 13, 2014

The 2014 Elections, Public Education, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.

November 11, 2014

Schools Should Teach Students to Lead, Not Follow

Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.

November 04, 2014

Wanted: A Campaign to Preserve 'Public' Schools

Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.

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