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January 03, 2012

The Odd Couple: Dennis & Wendy

Did the NEA sign on to TFA's agenda of minimal fast-track training, or did TFA sign on to NEA's demand for a full year of residency and a rigorous examination before teachers gain their license?

September 22, 2011

Reasons Against Chicago's Longer School Day

Emanuel is, I suspect, looking for a fight, showing his toughness, and falling back on rhetoric. Here are eight reasons his plan is more than dumb.

September 13, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part One

Like me, Wendy thinks that the media should not print the names of teachers and their "effectiveness ratings." We agreed that The Los Angeles Times was wrong to do so a year ago. She agreed with me that naming names is fraught with inaccuracy and can only demoralize teachers.

June 16, 2011

Schools with Power to Adapt to Individual Children

We can't overcome the past until we make radical changes in the way too many Americans are forced to live, as well as in our ways of using school.

June 09, 2011

When World Views Differ Dramatically

The odds are that he believes every word he writes; another reminder of how much what we take for granted depends on our particular experiences. Maybe these guys DO constantly run into teachers who are fans of Michel Rhee, as they claim.

June 02, 2011

'We're Eventually Irrepressible'

Staying close and observing closely has advantages. But staying close also has disadvantages: one isn't as prepared as one should be for the larger political context.

May 10, 2011

Why Won't 'Reformers' Listen?

I don't know how we will convince the policymakers, the foundation leaders, and the media that education issues are complex and that all sides should be heard.

May 05, 2011

'Fact-lets' of Education

I noticed that two Harlem schools just a few blocks away—both serving largely poor, black students—served students whose families were often quite different. "Poor" covers a lot of territory. I

April 28, 2011

It's Time to Get Mad

We are in a perilous time, and they need a place and a space to safely investigate the world and to care for each other. And, teachers need to use every means they can find to do what they know is right.

April 07, 2011

People vs. Dollars

Lobbyist by lobbyist, the unions certainly couldn't match their opponents, even if we added in the many good citizen advocacy groups. But they had one advantage over the others: the relatively high loyalty of their members. Numbers of people vs. numbers of dollars.

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