Fearing to tell students they're responsible for doing their part is to set them up for failure. And worse: It's the rankest kind of prejudice.
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October 15, 2018
Time and again, seemingly sensible people embrace nifty reforms, only to later realize that the packaging was better than the product. Here's why that happens.
April 29, 2018
If would-be reformers can find ways to engage with discordant voices, they just might have a shot at keeping today's big victories from turning into tomorrow's Pyrrhic ones.
April 02, 2018
While there's a frustrating inevitability about schooling's pendulum swings, it's not inevitable that aspiring reformers will repeat yesterday's miscues.
January 30, 2018
I'm struck that our natural, admirable enthusiasm and yearning for "best practices" can turn destructive. It tempts us into an endless, circular search for solutions in which we never stop long enough to ask whether the search itself is misguided.
June 22, 2017
In school reform, I sometimes think we suffer from a curious malady: too much passion—and a shortage of disciplined professionalism.
May 04, 2017
Yesterday at AEI, we hosted a conversations exploring the "Hard Lessons in Education Reform." One fascinating exchange dealt with the challenge of finding the right balance.
April 20, 2017
To help clarify where I'm coming from, I thought it might be worth sharing a bit about how I answer some of the first questions of school reform.
April 18, 2017
Watching the new Fast and the Furious this weekend brought to mind some of the common tensions underlying school reform.
April 12, 2017
So much of how we talk about education today tangles school reform with larger ideological debates taking place in our polarized and distrustful era.