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December 24, 2013

Bridging Differences: 2013's Top 10 Posts

Poverty. Equity. Testing, and how standardized assessment plays into both. These are themes that dominated Bridging Differences in 2013. Looking back at the blog this year revealed that the most-read posts in 2013 were written by numerous writers (Eric Hanushek, Alfie Kohn, Michael Petrilli, Elliott Witney, and, of course, Deborah Meier) on different aspects of the achievement and experience gap between rich and poor students.

December 19, 2013

The Task of Building a Thirst for Knowledge

Meier: None of us should blame our kids, our teachers, their parents, or public schools for their "failure" to outperform the rich on, of all things, tests which we know are, by design, sensitive to class and race.

December 12, 2013

A Standard Curriculum Won't Erase Gaps

Deborah Meier: How a mandated national curriculum or privatization promotes accountability or equality is a mystery to both Diane and myself.

December 10, 2013

The Progressive Case for a Common Curriculum

Do you believe we can morally and lawfully make knowledge demands, however trivial, of one class of citizens but not another?

December 05, 2013

In 'The Spirit of Liberty'

It's probably easier to teach about liberty than democracy. The former is perhaps "natural" to the human species.

December 03, 2013

What Can We Agree to Teach?

A child who does not leave his or her public education endowed with the same body of knowledge as his or her peers is consigned to second-class citizenship

November 21, 2013

The Hard Part: Defining Democracy

We're not natural-born democrats, but we are natural born "intellectuals," "theorists," "jokers," "reflecters," plus possessors of plenty of grit.

November 19, 2013

Educating for Democracy-and Liberty

At their best, our schools have always welcomed children into the body politic, while also serving as engines of upward mobility, individual agency, and self-fulfillment.

November 14, 2013

Before 'What' (We Teach) Comes 'Why'

I want communities, teachers, and students to have lively discourse about what "the future" will look like, rather than "teaching to" a preordained one.

November 12, 2013

Ed Reform Needs a Nixon-to-China Moment

One of the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate is that it makes enemies of people who might be able to add value to each other's work.

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