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November 30, 2010

Bill Gates Listens to the Wrong People

The eerie similarity between Secretary Duncan and Bill Gates makes me wonder who is running the Department of Education.

November 18, 2010

A Loud 'Yes, We Can!' From San Francisco

Once again, a small elite has come to a "consensus" long before there has been any national debate. In the interests of our commitment to schools that foster democracy, how can we do a better job of including "the people" in the conversation?

November 09, 2010

What I Learned in New Orleans

My favorite line from that day occurred when Jackson said he had recently visited some very high-performing nations. At each stop, he asked authorities: "What do you do about bad teachers?" They consistently replied: "We help them."

November 04, 2010

The Trouble With National Standards

We're all entitled to "our opinions," but schooling should take us beyond "mere" opinions into tentative conclusions that once again are held with care. Will this approach lead to dilemmas? Yes, yes, yes.

October 28, 2010

Prescient Words on Testing and Schools

Deborah Meier writes: "But I'm amazed to read those prescient words of 1983 which were, I argued, that your book was a recipe for the wrong reforms: "more tests, more homework, longer school hours, mandated state requirements, stiffer standards for promotion, stricter discipline codes, merit pay, and sometimes, tuition tax credits."

October 26, 2010

Demonizing Public Education

The film "Waiting for 'Superman'" offers a one-sided and contemptuous view of public education, Diane Ravitch writes.

October 21, 2010

Why 'Convenient' Lies Won't Set Us Free

Wealth brings privileges. To pretend otherwise and insist that the "gaps" between the wealthy and the poor aren't important is not just a benign mistake; it's a dangerous one. When we allow the target to shift to "lazy" teachers and power-hungry unions, we should feel guilty, Mr. Guggenheim.

October 19, 2010

A Manifesto by the Powerful

The superintendents' manifesto does not come from the powerless. It was written by men and women who are in charge of major school systems and who certainly have far more power than parents, teachers, principals, or ordinary citizens.

October 14, 2010

Considering 'The Same Thing Over and Over'

Deborah Meier uses Frederick Hess's book, The Same Thing Over and Over, as the springboard for a bigger look at school reform and the conflict between hype and reality in school change.

October 07, 2010

Beyond Anger Lies Hope?

Building communities of mutual respect and trust isn't helped by the forces out there intent on sowing distrust.

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