March 2011 Archives

Blame, Economics and "Notable Exceptions"

Why does Michelle Rhee get to be the notable exception to full accountability?


Maybe it's my natural inclination to be suspicious of anything "market-based." But I'm just not sure what good it will do for schools and kids to unleash a multitude of "teacherpreneurs" on America.

Unions, Pt. II: Class Act

Unions. They're about banding together to leverage greater control over our work. The issues are about power and money--but also about social class divisions.

Stickin' to the Union: Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions

We organize--because without allied strength, we have even less control over the difficult professional work, for which we must accept accountability.

The Pink Slip Club

If school reformers really wanted the best possible teachers in every classroom, they'd select and prepare them carefully, support them diligently and fight to retain them.

This is What Democracy Looks Like

We're teetering on the brink of losing one of America's best ideas--a free, high-quality public education for all children in America.


Making music is what we're meant to do, as human beings. Cooties and all.

Bad Teacher Boogie

Rather than spending energy trying to ferret out the inadequate teachers, we might focus on producing, and retaining, genuinely excellent educators, creating a culture of teaching expertise.

Merits and Demerits

Once the concept of merit pay takes hold, who knows what could be incented?

Hate Speech

Here's where education comes in--real education, not achievement-data education. What is the evidence, and can we trust it?

Expert Witness

What makes me an expert on class size? Huge classes.

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