Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.
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November 11, 2014
November 06, 2014
Casey: The imposition of a business model and "market discipline" on public education, with the use of high-stakes standardized exams as a "bottom line," has done serious damage.
November 04, 2014
Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.
October 16, 2014
Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.
October 14, 2014
Meier: I think some of the practices of even the AFT (and the UAW) have been deleterious to the important sense of membership.
October 09, 2014
Casey: Isn't this our vision of democracy in our schools, Deb, that it should be focused on the good of the entire school community?
October 07, 2014
Meier: If schools were to operate as democracies, what are some examples of how that might work?
October 02, 2014
Casey: We are a nation in need of a "Civic Monday" movement. And education needs such a movement as much as any part of American society.
September 30, 2014
What, Leo, could we do to make the unions we most respect become places that teach democracy on a daily basis?
September 25, 2014
Due process is essential if we are to secure a teacher's ability to speak up for her students, to advocate for a different educational approach or a different school policy, to report administrative wrongdoing ...