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February 12, 2013

Considering How to Use Competition and Conflict

I became a principal by default, and I was, indeed, intimidating to some of the staff, and that annoyed me no end.

February 07, 2013

Competition vs. Collaboration

Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.

February 05, 2013

The Difficult Role of Grades & Honors in School Life

Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?

January 31, 2013

Round Two: On Punishment & Child Development

Conversations play out quite differently when they take place in the shadow of punishment.

January 29, 2013

Discipline: Responding to Bad Behavior in School

What and how should I respond to a student who is making another child's life miserable?

January 24, 2013

Alfie Kohn: Why Punishment Doesn't Work

Wouldn't you agree that we want kids to respect adults because their judgment is good rather than because they have the power to hurt kids who don't obey them?

January 08, 2013

What We Can Learn From Malala

We have not done enough to make education compelling and important.

December 18, 2012

What to Do About School Shootings

I think it is time for us to acknowledge that we won't find safety through security alone.

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 27, 2012

Moving Beyond the Polarized Debate

A big part of what is wrong with the current debate about reform is that it is dominated by what I think of as naïve optimists and radical pessimists. The naïve optimists are the ones promoting simplistic solutions like: "fire bad teachers," "lengthen the school day," ...

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