Pondiscio: It is easy to be overwhelmed and defeated as a teacher by all we cannot do and all that conspires to thwart our best efforts. I choose to focus on the possible.
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April 08, 2014
April 03, 2014
Meier: We apparently have settled for closing the test-score gaps between the poor and rich on at least math and reading tests.
March 27, 2014
Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!
March 25, 2014
Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.
March 20, 2014
Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.
March 18, 2014
Pondiscio: Having standards to which all publicly funded schools are held accountable doesn't strike me as an undue burden.
March 13, 2014
Meier: Let's keep improving on democracy rather than testing.
March 11, 2014
Pondiscio: Fair-minded readers might applaud the mindset that asks not simply, "What does this test measure?" but also, "What kind of classroom practice does this test encourage?"
March 06, 2014
Deborah Meier: If democracy is worth dying for, how about our learning to live with it?
March 04, 2014
Pondiscio: If education has an outdated view of business, the business world can be equally clueless about education.