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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.

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.

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