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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.

June 05, 2012

The Pearsonizing of the American Mind

Of course, Pearson is not just a publisher of standardized tests. It is a mega-corporation. It is a behemoth of for-profit goods and services to the education marketplace.

May 22, 2012

Wall Street's Investment in School Reform

Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?

May 17, 2012

The Danger of Mindlessness

We have three very serious flaws to deal with. One is that the skill involved in doing well on reading and math tests do not constitute something worthy of the name "academic achievement." Such a claim dumbs down "academia" in ways that do serious damage.

May 10, 2012

The Left Wing of the Possible

our nation's most pressing educational problem remains the opportunity gap between the children of the haves and those of the have-nots; this gap has grown with the mounting social inequality of the last 40 years.

May 03, 2012

How To Counter the Counter-Revolution?

You and I should be devoting more energy to considering what our "utopian" solutions might be, as well as the next steps for getting there. What's the direction, the criteria, the underlying precepts that should drive our vision of the future of schooling for educating the next generation?

April 26, 2012

Pineapples, Police, and Trust in Schools

There's always a lot of blame, from the media, from citizens on the street, and now from their own bosses. The numbers are never enough to satisfy. And sometimes all available choices lead to a public dressing down, or a threat of dismissal.

April 12, 2012

When Everything Is a 'Race'

Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.

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