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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

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 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 24, 2014

What Will It Take to Educate the Gates Foundation?

Bill Gates has made it clear that this was an experiment from the start. What he did not seem to allow for in his scenario was the possibility that his experiment would not succeed.

April 10, 2014

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.

February 19, 2014

Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?

Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.

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