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October 27, 2011

There Are No Quick Fixes

We CANNOT afford the existing gross confusion between achievement and test scores. It has led us to promote the kind of education quick fix no one would propose for its "ruling class."

October 25, 2011

NCLB: End It, Don't Mend It

Despite the manifest failure of NCLB, the Obama administration proposes not to scrap it, but to offer waivers if states agree to accept the mandates selected by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

October 20, 2011

Re-Learning What We 'Know'

Taking children's parents seriously as their child's first teacher, requires collaboration not mandates.

October 18, 2011

If You Believe in Miracles, Don't Read This

But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.

October 13, 2011

Building Trust Between Schools & Parents

But the harder part is to figure out how to create a relationship built on trust between school people and families—one by one. Most of all it takes a great deal of patience and time. It can't happen in a single year

October 11, 2011

What Can We Learn From Finland?

Finland rightly deserves attention today as a nation that treats its children as a precious resource and that honors the adults who make education their passion and their career.

October 06, 2011

Liberty Plaza, Wall Street, & Schools

But, for the moment, my unambivalent "Hurrah!" to the protesters on Wall Street, to Van Jones' effort to mobilize nationally, to SOS (Save Our Schools), and many more. The future looks, at least, interesting.

September 29, 2011

Forward to the Past

The big idea of the Reformers Ltd. is that we learn best if we feel scared and if we are quickly rewarded or punished. It keeps us on our toes, along with chants and drum beats and ticking clocks.

September 27, 2011

Why Naming Names Is Wrong

Even researchers who support the use of value-added assessment for teacher evaluation have warned that it is wrong to name names.

September 22, 2011

Reasons Against Chicago's Longer School Day

Emanuel is, I suspect, looking for a fight, showing his toughness, and falling back on rhetoric. Here are eight reasons his plan is more than dumb.

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