Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.
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June 03, 2014
May 27, 2014
Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.
May 20, 2014
Klonsky: The struggle in the cities, while certainly connected to testing and curriculum (common core), has been focused on equity.
May 15, 2014
Meier: It's too easy to ignore families who fundamentally disagree with us without seeing the damage it causes.
May 06, 2014
Klonsky: How bad is it out there? Who are the forces in the field? How weak or strong are they and we?
May 01, 2014
Meier: Of late, teaching is not a field I'm comfortable seeing my grandchildren or their friends entering.
February 27, 2014
Pondiscio: A compliance mentality is far more evident in schools than in business. ... If we really ran schools like businesses you might find much to like about it.
February 18, 2014
Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.
January 07, 2014
Deborah Meier: But if we could start with the question of what a good school needs and then build a system based on that, it doesn't seem as undoable.
October 17, 2013
I totally understand the frustration of educators who complain that policymakers put all the problems of the world on their shoulders and want to see "broader and bolder" efforts to fight poverty, too. But there's a simple reason that education has been in the spotlight for so long: It's one of the few things upon which the politicians--and the Americans they represent--can agree.