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April 10, 2012

What Do Teachers Want?

The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."

April 05, 2012

'Soft Science' & Less Certainty

We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.

March 29, 2012

So Much Policy Talk

How much can schools—under the best of circumstances—affect young people's lives and drives? In many ways I've spent 50 years exploring the answer to that.

March 22, 2012

On Foreign Relations & Precious Gems

Denver: If you go out that-a-way, visit the Jefferson County Open School. Begun in 1970, it's a precious gem.

March 15, 2012

The Futile Search for "Trust-Proof" Systems

But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.

March 13, 2012

Why Are Teachers So Upset?

It cannot be accidental that the sharp drop in teacher morale coincides with the efforts of people such as Michelle Rhee and organizations such as Education Reform Now and Stand for Children to end teacher tenure and seniority.

March 08, 2012

Phony Stories About Schools

Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.

March 06, 2012

Bobby Jindal vs. Public Education

Why are the elites of both parties so eager to hand children and public dollars over to private corporations? Why are both parties complicit in the dismantling of public education?

February 28, 2012

How to Demoralize Teachers

The principal of an outstanding elementary school in Brooklyn wrote me to say that the release of the ratings made her "absolutely sick." One of her teachers was rated for a year when she was away on child-care leave.

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

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