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February 21, 2012

A Dark Day for New York

Does anyone seriously believe that teachers in New York state will dare to stop teaching to the test? How many will be fired if they take that risk?

February 16, 2012

I May be Wrong ... But I Doubt It*

When will we stop worrying about our own organizational fiscal et al condition for a few days and call for united action?

February 14, 2012

Desperate Times in Cleveland and Ohio

The leaders of one of the most economically depressed and racially segregated cities in the nation have decided that the answer to its problems is to fire teachers, close public schools, expand the number of charters, and possibly to expand the voucher program as well.

February 09, 2012

The Feeble Strength of One!

It seems clearer than ever to me that we need to re-explore issues of choice, so that they are not used to undermine the political communities that are at the base of our political democracy or to glorify the segregation of schools by race.

February 02, 2012

Reminders of What's Possible

There is no perfect curriculum, but I base my preferences on precisely the principles underlying democracy. It's our teacherly obligation to consider what students will "need" to join fully into the life of a democratic community.

January 31, 2012

Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?

Do you think that President Obama just doesn't understand that Race to the Top has encouraged states to double down on high-stakes testing? Maybe he doesn't realize that the strategies of his administration rely totally on test scores.

January 24, 2012

Will California Start a National Revolt Against Bad Ideas?

But I was inspired above all, because California has courageous, wise, and bold leadership that is prepared to stop the insanity that has undermined education across the nation.

January 19, 2012

Thoughts on Japan & Julia Richman

Yes, there have been and will continue to be "turnarounds" that work. But if we see the turnaround as a method of getting "rid" of people—teachers or kids—we'll misuse its potential.

January 17, 2012

What Value Did the Chetty Study Add?

We might or might not have higher test scores, but at what cost? Under these circumstances, who will want to teach?

January 03, 2012

The Odd Couple: Dennis & Wendy

Did the NEA sign on to TFA's agenda of minimal fast-track training, or did TFA sign on to NEA's demand for a full year of residency and a rigorous examination before teachers gain their license?

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