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May 10, 2011

Why Won't 'Reformers' Listen?

I don't know how we will convince the policymakers, the foundation leaders, and the media that education issues are complex and that all sides should be heard.

April 28, 2011

It's Time to Get Mad

We are in a perilous time, and they need a place and a space to safely investigate the world and to care for each other. And, teachers need to use every means they can find to do what they know is right.

April 27, 2011

Regional Accrediting Organizations and School Reform

These organizations, which have existed for decades, could provide some qualitative data to assist in evaluating schools.

March 31, 2011

Questions of Possible Cheating in DCPS

DC Schools chief Kaya Henderson has asked DC's inspector general to investigate in response to Monday's USA Today front-page story suggesting that some big DCPS test score gains may have been the product of cheating. Henderson's move was the right one, because the questions raised by the USA Today ...

January 25, 2011

Teachers: How do We Propose to Measure Student Outcomes?

Teachers are far more interested in the more authentic assessments I describe here, because they actually help us improve

January 25, 2011

The Death of Federalism?

Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.

January 20, 2011

Making Alliances With Open Eyes

It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.

January 18, 2011

The Pitfalls of Putting Economists in Charge Of Education

It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.

January 06, 2011

Public Education and Fact vs. Fiction

No serious discussion can take place among people who hold so many different pictures of both current and past realities and have no patience for digging further.

December 21, 2010

What I Learned in 2010

I was talking about the present dangerous effort to distort the purposes of education, to hand vast numbers of public schools over to private corporations, and to treat children as data points to satisfy misguided politicians, policy-makers, and economists.

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