March 2010 Archives

Seriously--what do teachers have to do to prove their dedication and their worth?

Is there a disconnect between being "good at math"--and being able to teach it well? Once again, it's about good instruction and useful curriculum.

Curriculum and instruction aren't as whiz-bang exciting as market-based reforms, but they're the key reasons why kids learn--or don't learn.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. Meet someone who can do that: Diane Ravitch.

What's the percentage of bad teachers out there? More importantly, what do we do about them?

In teaching, a powerful story is worth its weight in statistics. So let's be careful out there.

Does how we approach school improvement make a difference in outcomes?

What happens when school reform becomes a competition? Trash talk.

What happens when funders get behind the notion that a healthy urban public school system can prepare all students for post-secondary education, then provide the money to make that a reality?

Responding to an educational philanthropist who sees charters as the answer to pulling the rug out from under teacher unions...


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