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August 13, 2013

Common Core Tests are Not Good for Children or Other Living Things

People who are disenfranchised and deprived of meaningful opportunities must somehow be convinced that their second-class status is THEIR FAULT.

July 30, 2013

John Thompson: Are Accountability Hawks Chicken When it Comes to Their Charters?

The panelists in the Fordham Institute's "Opt Out or Cop Out" discussion clearly enjoyed their surrealistic discussion of "accountability." They speculated on fanciful scenarios for micromanaging educators that were so disconnected from reality as to recall panelist Charlie Barone's tweet about "Dad...

July 14, 2013

Trayvon Martin Verdict Renews Trauma for Students

The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case will unfortunately reinforce the trauma that his death caused for people around the country

July 06, 2013

Exit Exams Boost the School to Prison Pipeline

A new study sheds startling light on a strong connection between high school exit exams and rates of incarceration.

July 01, 2013

Teachers Want Accountability From the Top

Teachers hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable for making learning happen in our schools. And now it is time to start holding those in power accountable as well.

June 29, 2013

The Nine Most Terrifying Words in the English Language: "I'm From Big Business, and I'm Here to Help"

We need to understand the reasons business interests are realigning our schools, and work to preserve the core mission of our public education system.

June 27, 2013

John Thompson: What Can We Learn From Alternative Schools?

Dropout prevention schools are still allowed to act on the traditional wisdom that trusting relationships and mentoring are the keys to academic success.

June 23, 2013

Public Education Suffering from Parasitic Profiteers

Those who seek to profit from public education are parasites draining resources at an unprecedented scale. Parasites are inherently destructive to their hosts.

June 17, 2013

John Thompson: Let's Look Before Leaping to Ban Suspensions

Perhaps this is naïve, but isn't it time to stop issuing one risky mandate after another on schools that are already overburdened?

June 03, 2013

Lesson for Our Leaders: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Educators have been on the defensive for so long that many s have forgotten that the best defense is a good offense.

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