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June 02, 2011

'We're Eventually Irrepressible'

Staying close and observing closely has advantages. But staying close also has disadvantages: one isn't as prepared as one should be for the larger political context.

May 31, 2011

A Dark Day in New York State

This isn't an argument against holding teachers accountable; it's an argument against holding them accountable for the wrong things and in a way that will result in very negative unintended consequences.

May 26, 2011

A Heritage of Disrespect?

it was those with far more power and resources who made the rules that kept them out. It took an enormous battle, led by labor unions and do-gooders, on behalf of our natural thirst for knowledge and self-respect. How dare the elite question the value others placed on getting a good education for their children? But it is part of our shared history to do so.

May 19, 2011

Considering How One 'Sees' Things

We may not agree, either, on the kind of evidence that we need to use as we revise our schemes, as they go from inside our heads, to paper and pencil to actual implementation.

May 17, 2011

What Works Best: Help or Punishment?

The other sees schools as one part of a free-market economy, where quality may be judged by data; if the results aren't good enough, then fire part or all of the people and close the store, I mean, the school and pick a new location.

May 10, 2011

Why Won't 'Reformers' Listen?

I don't know how we will convince the policymakers, the foundation leaders, and the media that education issues are complex and that all sides should be heard.

April 28, 2011

It's Time to Get Mad

We are in a perilous time, and they need a place and a space to safely investigate the world and to care for each other. And, teachers need to use every means they can find to do what they know is right.

April 21, 2011

The Company We Keep, and Why It Matters

As students, we are in school at most a third of our waking hours every year. Given "how" we learn, how best can we bridge school and the other two-thirds "efficiently"?

April 14, 2011

Utopia vs. 'Real Politics'

We instead encourage children from ages 4 to 18 to think it's mostly about doing better in school so you'll do better in school OR, big step forward, you'll get a better-paying job. (Or ANY job.) We actually offer them statistical proof of this, over and over.

March 31, 2011

The President's Radical Comments on Testing

In real time, the government is paying people to invent more bubble tests for the untested subjects (art, science, physical education), and we're giving these not just annually, but four, five, six, 10 times a year to see if teachers are keeping up the needed pace, not to mention to determine how some of those teacher will get paid!

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