Meier: As long as we see standards as 'The Standards' we will face this danger—and especially if who is right/wrong is based on impact on test scores designed by the same people who have mandated the standards.
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October 23, 2014
Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?
October 21, 2014
Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.
October 16, 2014
Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.
June 05, 2014
Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.
June 03, 2014
Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.
May 27, 2014
Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.
May 15, 2014
Meier: It's too easy to ignore families who fundamentally disagree with us without seeing the damage it causes.
May 08, 2014
Meier: If my house were on fire, I'd not reject the help of a neighbor whose views I otherwise despise. I think our nation is on fire.
May 06, 2014
Klonsky: How bad is it out there? Who are the forces in the field? How weak or strong are they and we?