Meier: Let's keep improving on democracy rather than testing.
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March 13, 2014
March 11, 2014
Pondiscio: Fair-minded readers might applaud the mindset that asks not simply, "What does this test measure?" but also, "What kind of classroom practice does this test encourage?"
March 04, 2014
Pondiscio: If education has an outdated view of business, the business world can be equally clueless about education.
February 20, 2014
Pondiscio: I resist the facile temptation to conflate testing with all that is wrong with American education. Testing did not destroy schooling. It revealed the rot and complacency within too many schools.
February 18, 2014
Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.
January 28, 2014
Meier: The difference between schools for the rich and poor was both how and what was taught.
January 13, 2014
Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.
January 09, 2014
Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.
December 23, 2013
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
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.