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September 25, 2012

Noguera: The Origins of My Views on Education

I've learned new and important lessons about the way education in American society works. I've also learned that the position you occupy often influences how you see the issues.

May 31, 2012

The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons

I remember, Diane, in 1967 telling kindergarteners in Harlem about the struggle for integration in southern schools. I stopped and looked at the faces of my 5-year-olds. Every single one was black. What did they make of what I was saying? What do they think today?

May 22, 2012

Wall Street's Investment in School Reform

Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?

March 15, 2012

The Futile Search for "Trust-Proof" Systems

But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.

February 28, 2012

How to Demoralize Teachers

The principal of an outstanding elementary school in Brooklyn wrote me to say that the release of the ratings made her "absolutely sick." One of her teachers was rated for a year when she was away on child-care leave.

February 21, 2012

A Dark Day for New York

Does anyone seriously believe that teachers in New York state will dare to stop teaching to the test? How many will be fired if they take that risk?

February 09, 2012

The Feeble Strength of One!

It seems clearer than ever to me that we need to re-explore issues of choice, so that they are not used to undermine the political communities that are at the base of our political democracy or to glorify the segregation of schools by race.

January 19, 2012

Thoughts on Japan & Julia Richman

Yes, there have been and will continue to be "turnarounds" that work. But if we see the turnaround as a method of getting "rid" of people—teachers or kids—we'll misuse its potential.

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.

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