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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.

April 10, 2012

What Do Teachers Want?

The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."

April 05, 2012

'Soft Science' & Less Certainty

We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.

April 03, 2012

Stalking the Vampire in Texas

The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

March 15, 2012

The Futile Search for "Trust-Proof" Systems

But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.

March 13, 2012

Why Are Teachers So Upset?

It cannot be accidental that the sharp drop in teacher morale coincides with the efforts of people such as Michelle Rhee and organizations such as Education Reform Now and Stand for Children to end teacher tenure and seniority.

March 08, 2012

Phony Stories About Schools

Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

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