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May 20, 2016

Presidential Commission on Educational Ethics

I truly believe that most people in education truly are committed to equity, to fairness, to expanding opportunities for all children. The problem is that it is challenging to figure out what these values mean in practice, in various contexts.

May 19, 2016

Debating the Ethics of School Closure

In the case of school closure disputes, we need to ask: which claims of injustice, by whom, require response?

May 18, 2016

Tough Calls About Graduation

In many under-resourced schools serving struggling students and families, it can be a time for agonizing decisions about whom to graduate and whom to retain that seem to admit no good practical or ethical answer. What would you do in this situation?

May 17, 2016

How Should Educators Teach Trump?

Which of Donald Trump's outrageous statements, if any, should teachers teach their students to reject outright as a matter of principle, and which should they encourage students to treat as legitimately controversial?

May 16, 2016

Ethics in Everyday Teaching Practice

Educators are afraid to admit to others that they are unsure about the moral dimensions of their work, and as a result, ethical uncertainty is hidden away, unexamined as an opportunity for collective learning.

May 13, 2016

How Can Policy Support More Innovation in Education?

Long term, this type of competitive pressure built by ESAs has the potential to boost productivity by incentivizing providers to offer the best services at the lowest cost.

May 11, 2016

Innovation in Education: Signs of Hope and Worrisome Constraints

I'm certain there are many other great resources and groups that could be partnering with schools, but the public school sector isn't incentivized to build these collaborations and current funding models aren't primed for any kind of significant expansion of such partnerships.

May 09, 2016

Lessons on Innovation From Other Industries

It seems as if every industry has embraced some form of innovative new technology to create and deliver specialized goods and services. As I see it, education has four important lessons to learn from other industries on this subject.

May 06, 2016

To Improve Education, Small Solutions Are a Big Deal

How do we get more of the entrepreneurial impulse into schools? First, we have to help schools get out from under the mountain of regulation that restricts what they can do.

May 02, 2016

Education Policy Debates Look Different at Ground Level

If we actually take the time to understand people who think differently than we do, and don't just lump them hastily into a pile with all of the other people with whom we disagree, we would do a better job advancing the causes we care about.

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