February 2011 Archives

Report cards? Don't confuse me with information.

Private school educator: Let's acknowledge that the overall state of public education is, in reality, a heck of a lot better than most people believe.

"All I want to do is close my door and teach?" Oh, I hope not.

On the face of it, all governors and all public school teachers should have the same goal: improving the educational prospects of students who attend state-funded schools.

Smart, capable people turn up everywhere in the teaching profession, regardless of where they took their degrees or why they decided to teach.

Despite warts and weaknesses, I'm not ready to give up on one of America's best ideas: a free, high-quality public education for every single child.

It's excruciatingly hard to let go of something that works. A policy that guts good practice is going to be resisted.

More education doesn't make better teachers? Kind of encapsulates our national ambivalence about the value of education, doesn't it?

Hard to say which has diminished teacher quality more: valuing longevity over talent, or the wages and working conditions teachers must routinely accept.

Kelly Williams-Bolar has become a symbol of another kind of Tiger mom--one willing to be arrested and incarcerated for the sake of her children's education. Whether she set out to be that symbolic hero--or whether she was talked into it to advance a cause--is unclear


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