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November 11, 2014

Schools Should Teach Students to Lead, Not Follow

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.

November 06, 2014

The 'Public' Character of Public Schools

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

Wanted: A Campaign to Preserve 'Public' Schools

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

Getting Past Surreal Arguments on the Common Core

Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.

October 14, 2014

Living Democracy Every School Day

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

We Need the Large, Representative Democracies of Unions

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

If Schools Were Democracies, What Would Change?

Meier: If schools were to operate as democracies, what are some examples of how that might work?

October 02, 2014

Of Teachers' Unions, Democracy, & 'Civic Mondays'

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

Teachers' Unions, Democracy, & Risk-Taking

What, Leo, could we do to make the unions we most respect become places that teach democracy on a daily basis?

September 25, 2014

Why Teachers' Unions & Due Process Matter

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 ...

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