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.
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February 07, 2013
February 05, 2013
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
I keep pounding away at this issue because I agree with you: It's not enough to criticize without offering alternatives.
December 06, 2012
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
Schools like Brockton devise strategies based on the needs of their students, then organize themselves to meet them.
November 29, 2012
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
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 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
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
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.