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.
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May 07, 2013
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.
April 09, 2013
How, in a no-excuses school, do students appeal if they believe the penalty is unfair?
April 04, 2013
What's cool to me about the education reform space now is that traditional systems and charter organizations throughout the country are finally collaborating in meaningful ways to help more kids.
April 02, 2013
Would KIPP's founders and leaders argue that it would be a good experience for all kids or only for "certain types"?
March 28, 2013
I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."
March 26, 2013
Certainly overall salaries of teachers are held down by the failure to recognize that some teachers are more effective than others.