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March 01, 2013

Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss

How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.

February 07, 2013

Competition vs. Collaboration

Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.

February 05, 2013

The Difficult Role of Grades & Honors in School Life

Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?

January 17, 2013

It Breaks My Heart

I keep pounding away at this issue because I agree with you: It's not enough to criticize without offering alternatives.

December 06, 2012

How Can We Make Schools a Center of Community Life?

I'd like to explore how parents, students, communities, and school staff can be decisionmakers, while sorting how the critical "who decides what" issues.

December 04, 2012

Working Within Constraints to Transform Schools

Schools like Brockton devise strategies based on the needs of their students, then organize themselves to meet them.

November 29, 2012

Digging Into Our 'Disagreements' on Schools

What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.

November 13, 2012

Time to Put Forward a New Reform Agenda

I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.

October 04, 2012

Let's Find Issues to Unite Around

Let's think of three, four, or at most five issues we could unite on, principles that might cut across some of the unnecessarily warring parties.

June 12, 2012

Academic Fraud: Does Anyone Care?

As the pressure to reach the targets get tougher, many districts are devising ways to raise their graduation rates that have nothing to do with thinking and learning. A prime suspect is credit recovery.

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