Being treated with dignity is, I suspect, part of our natural aspiration as humans. And while it can be crushed, it can also be restored. My experience in schools that placed faculty, family, and student dignity above all else was reassuring.
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February 17, 2011
February 15, 2011
Perhaps unintentionally, TFA's success has stifled any national discussion about how to build a profession of well-educated, well-prepared, experienced educators who view teaching as a career rather than an experience.
February 01, 2011
The status quo today is not good. For 10 years we have pursued the heavy-handed mandates of No Child Left Behind, with meager results.
January 26, 2011
There is never a time when we "finally" hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up. We have to take our stand right now, wherever and whenever justice is betrayed.
January 18, 2011
It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.
January 11, 2011
But I am even more offended by the prospect that Mark Twain's classic work will be expurgated, rewritten by someone who wants to shield readers from the book's original language. How did we become such delicate creatures that we cannot dare to read a word that might discomfit us?
January 06, 2011
No serious discussion can take place among people who hold so many different pictures of both current and past realities and have no patience for digging further.
December 21, 2010
I was talking about the present dangerous effort to distort the purposes of education, to hand vast numbers of public schools over to private corporations, and to treat children as data points to satisfy misguided politicians, policy-makers, and economists.
December 14, 2010
The lesson of PISA is this: Neither of the world's highest-performing nations do what our "reformers" want to do. How long will it take before our political leaders begin to listen to educators?
December 02, 2010
Where can teachers find such collegiality today? Where are the institutions or publications that are built around deep respect for the intelligence and inventiveness of teachers—and kids? Are they there, but I'm missing them?