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March 19, 2013

Evaluations Are Better Than No Evaluations

While citing a litany of potential flaws in testing, the opponents of teacher and school accountability often create a straw man that bears little relationship to the real policy discussion.

March 12, 2013

A Realistic Approach to Better Testing

Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.

March 07, 2013

More Than One Way to Judge Education

No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.

March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

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.

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