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September 20, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part Two

Most panelists agreed that there is a yawning gap between the "reform" policies of the moment and the consensus among scholars who have devoted their lives to studying the issues. How to bridge that gap?

September 15, 2011

New-School-Year's Reflections

The frustration, sorrow, and down-right fury I feel day after day at the way we are messing things up for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and, most of all, our great-grandchildren is not good for me.

September 13, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part One

Like me, Wendy thinks that the media should not print the names of teachers and their "effectiveness ratings." We agreed that The Los Angeles Times was wrong to do so a year ago. She agreed with me that naming names is fraught with inaccuracy and can only demoralize teachers.

September 08, 2011

Remembering Vito Perrone

For me personally, and Vito, too, there's a special poignancy because not only are we in danger of losing what was a growing school reform consensus in the 1980s, but we're at risk of losing all traces of a century-old progressive tradition which pitted efficiency-mavens against democracy-mavens in school reform and all the other strands of New Deal and Fair Deal reform.

September 06, 2011

Reflections on the March on Washington, July 30, 2011

I know of no other time in our history when thousands of teachers and parents massed on the Mall in Washington to protest misguided federal policies and to demand changes that will truly improve education and help children learn.

June 28, 2011

Reasons for Hope

Now is a time to speak and act. Now is a time to think about how we will one day be judged. Not by test scores, not by data, but by the consequences of our actions.

June 21, 2011

Why I Am Marching on July 30

I will be marching with the Save Our Schools coalition of teachers and parents on July 30 in Washington, D.C. I know you will be, too. I hope we are joined by many thousands of concerned citizens who want to save our schools from the bad ideas and bad policies now harming them.

June 16, 2011

Schools with Power to Adapt to Individual Children

We can't overcome the past until we make radical changes in the way too many Americans are forced to live, as well as in our ways of using school.

June 14, 2011

On Treating Students & Educators 'Like Rats in a Maze'

Referring to No Child Left Behind, now in effect for nine years, the committee held that there were some school-level effects, "but the measured effects to date tend to be concentrated in elementary grade mathematics, and the effects are small compared to the improvements the nation hopes to achieve."

June 09, 2011

When World Views Differ Dramatically

The odds are that he believes every word he writes; another reminder of how much what we take for granted depends on our particular experiences. Maybe these guys DO constantly run into teachers who are fans of Michel Rhee, as they claim.

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