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January 25, 2011

The Death of Federalism?

Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.

January 18, 2011

The Pitfalls of Putting Economists in Charge Of Education

It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.

January 06, 2011

Public Education and Fact vs. Fiction

No serious discussion can take place among people who hold so many different pictures of both current and past realities and have no patience for digging further.

January 04, 2011

Another Look at PISA

So long as we continue to avert our gaze from the festering problems bred by deep poverty and racial isolation, it seems unlikely that any school reform agenda can produce the transformation that our society seeks.

December 16, 2010

Living in a Moment of Tension in School Reform

There is simply no doubt that our Founding Fathers would have been shocked to discover that decadent Europe was more egalitarian—with greater mobility and shared sacrifice—than the United States.

December 14, 2010

The Real Lessons of PISA

The lesson of PISA is this: Neither of the world's highest-performing nations do what our "reformers" want to do. How long will it take before our political leaders begin to listen to educators?

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 23, 2010

12th Grade NAEP Scores Are Meaningless

the SAT, the ACT, the end-of-course exams, the AP exams, and graduation exams, the NAEP tests don't matter. And seniors know it. They doodle on their test papers, or they select answers with a pattern, like all B, or all C, or ABCD/ABCD.

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 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.

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