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July 13, 2014

Questioning Education Reformers' Motives: The Big Taboo

When Lyndsey Layton interviewed Bill Gates a few months ago, she violated one of the major taboos of the education reform discourse.

July 03, 2014

A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students

July 02, 2014

KnowledgeWorks Spins Off Its Nonprofit New Tech Network to Barry Schuler

New Schools Network, a nonprofit dedicated to a project-based learning model, will be led by Barry Schuler, former chairman and CEO of AOL.

June 29, 2014

Protesters to Gates Foundation: "Divest from Corporate Education Reform"

Bill Gates has it exactly upside down. The innovators are the classroom teachers. The innovators are the students. The innovators are the people working in the schools creating new things every day.

June 24, 2014

Gender Gap in Computer Coding the Focus of $50 Million Google Donation

Google's gift is part of an initiative aimed at closing the gender gap in computer coding.

June 02, 2014

Book Review: Mercedes Schneider's "A Chronicle of Echoes" Offers Tools for Defense Against Corporate Reform

Fans of Harry Potter will recall the most valuable class at Hogwarts: "Defense Against the Dark Arts." With her new book, "A Chronicle of Echoes," Mercedes Schneider has provided those of us working to defend public education with a work that could be called "Defense Against Corporate Reform."

May 29, 2014

How Will Market Forces Transform Teacher Preparation?

We need the process of becoming a teacher to be well-designed and structured, so credential candidates participate in solid courses focused on pedagogy and human development, as well as other aspects of teaching.

May 28, 2014

John Thompson: What Will Zuckerberg Learn From Newark?

Booker created a confidential draft plan to "make Newark the charter school capital of the nation." Because it would be driven by philanthropic donors, no openness would be required.

May 05, 2014

John Thompson: Can the Gates Foundation Learn?

Reformers once won a series of political victories, even as their educational theories were repeatedly defeated by realities in schools that are far more complex than anything they imagined.

April 25, 2014

Early-Childhood Programs in Newark, N.J., Get $1 Million Boost

The money will be used to promote professional development among early-learning staff and promoting day care center improvements.

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