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October 13, 2014

Public Versus Entrepreneurial Education: Who Will Win Out?

Imagine a country without public schools - one where schools were run as any other business, with no contributions from tax dollars? What if there were total free markets in education in the United States? Education would become a product for sale, just like any other product on the U.S. market.

January 24, 2014

National School Choice Week Aims to Spread Awareness

This Sunday marks the kickoff of the fourth annual National School Choice Week, which promotes school choice options through a variety of colorful events.

August 29, 2013

What is the Goal of the American Education System?

It's basically impossible to make any sensible change regarding education policy and reform without first asking: What are we trying to achieve with our public education system? So I asked some experts what their thoughts are on the matter.

June 06, 2013

(Extra)Ordinary People

Democracy rests on having respect for the judgment of ordinary people. And in the final chapter of the 10-part video series about the Mission Hill School in Boston, we're reminded that when you have faith in the capacity of ordinary people, they become capable of extraordinary things.

April 01, 2013

We're All Stakeholders in Public Education

As a society we have the know-how to teach every kid well. We have the wealth to create schools in which every student is known, valued, and educated. Know-how and wealth. What's missing, of course, is the will.

March 18, 2013

Detroit: Pulling Out of the Death Spiral

So, asks the Smart Cities reader, why write about the disaster that is Detroit? Like New Orleans, Detroit families are beginning to benefit from the man-made disruption and corruption. The portfolio emerging from the disaster is worth watching.

September 06, 2012

The Sky's the Limit: 16 Must-Read Quotes from Michael Fullan's Stratosphere

Michael Fullan is certainly one of the three to four most influential edu-writers of our time. On whole systems design and change, only Paul Hill has earned equal influence. His most recent contribution, Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge, is very short and very optimistic.

July 13, 2012

'Community Support' Tops List of Public Education 'Pluses'

"Community support" is the best thing going for public education, in the eyes of Patte Barth, director of the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education.

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