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July 29, 2016

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Eden, Shober, Robinson, Carlson and Hamilton

The dog days of summer are officially here, as is the looming delivery date for my book Letters to a Young Reformer. While I'm burrowed away finishing up the last few chapters, you'll have a great slate of guest bloggers to keep you company.

May 27, 2016

Into the Classroom: A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality

Should we be giving philanthropically at all if we want to create lasting change?

May 26, 2016

Getting In: The Challenges of Access to Elite Foundations

Prior to graduate school, I worked as an undergraduate admission officer at Stanford, and was struck by the parallels between the elite admission and philanthropy worlds.

May 25, 2016

'There's an App for That': Philanthropy's Billion Dollar Bets

At a billion-dollar bet level, however, are apps the best solution for philanthropists to pursue in early childhood education?

May 24, 2016

Silver Bullets and Solutionism in Education Philanthropy

A new wave has hit education reform: hacker philanthropy. As Sean Parker describes it, it's "a desire to 'hack' complex problems using elegant technological and social solutions." But is it the best way to conduct education philanthropy?

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.

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