One cannot judge the success of a school or student (or a president!) without prior agreement about what we mean by success.
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June 07, 2013
June 04, 2013
We're talking about public schools, after all--and the public has a right to demand certain results from its investment.
May 23, 2013
How do we sustain good schools so that over time there are more and more of them? I think networks of schools are a useful added component.
May 21, 2013
The charter movement had it right from the get-go: Each school would have its own "charter" spelling out the results that it would be responsible for achieving.
May 16, 2013
We need a diversity of attempted solutions;mistakes must be honored, not attacked.
May 07, 2013
We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.
May 02, 2013
After fighting one war after another, at great cost, for democracy, we shame ourselves when we let it slip through our fingers so fast.
April 30, 2013
We no longer need to ask, "Is it possible?" All educators have been liberated by proof that it is ...
April 25, 2013
Part of the complex moral message we are teaching the young in school is being aware of the trade-offs that complicate life.
April 18, 2013
The oft-repeated verbal attacks on poor people's "bad habits" has led to poor pedagogy and missed opportunities, starting at age 4 and 5.