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October 17, 2013

See You in the Center

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.

October 08, 2013

Faith in Social Mobility Isn't Enough

Test-score achievement may lead to a BA, MA, or PhD, but it isn't the route to a good job if enough good jobs don't exist.

September 24, 2013

Choice, Schools, & Taking Democracy Seriously

I think, when it comes to schools, it's important that the body involved be public, transparent, self-sustaining (not fiscally dependent on a private body), and as close to those affected as reasonable.

September 19, 2013

What If Self-Interest Doesn't Explain Everything?

We also might want to consider that what we see as a clash of interests is really just a clash of ideology.

September 17, 2013

A New School Year: Democracy & Schools

As long as we don't tackle "learning" democracy with as much seriousness as math and literacy it's hardly puzzling why in times of real or imagined crises the first victims will over and over again be democratic norms.

April 18, 2013

Questioning Assumptions About the Poor

The oft-repeated verbal attacks on poor people's "bad habits" has led to poor pedagogy and missed opportunities, starting at age 4 and 5.

November 29, 2012

Digging Into Our 'Disagreements' on Schools

What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.

November 15, 2012

We're Ready for the Battle

There simply is no way to know when and how the democratic forces will rise up, as they did here in Chi-town, and say, "Enough of that! We've got a different plan."

October 02, 2012

A Call to Reclaim the Banner of Reform

It is fundamentally wrong to judge teachers by student test scores, but that doesn't mean teachers bear no responsibility for student learning.

September 27, 2012

What Bothers Me, Pedro ...

I rarely, Pedro, hear people blaming the medical profession for not coming up with a solution to America's poor health system; or the law profession for not being sure that every American who comes before a judge or jury is well-defended by a "great" attorney.

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