December 2011 Archives

Eight and a Half Things I Know Are True

Our rich country has the resources to provide a free, high-quality education for every child. The fact that we don't is a matter of political will and preference.


Reform vs. Anti-Reform: Quoth the Raven

There is no secret "reform critic" handshake. There are more people speaking out against "reform" because--well, because they're finally mad as hell and...etc.


The Mix Tape Metaphor

We're losing our cultural roots. Seasonal music draws from deep cultural wells located around the globe, from the distinctive societies and environments we came from, as well as our common beliefs.


The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Don't we have much bigger fish to fry, educationally speaking, than fretting about setting strict guidelines for what parents can spend on a present?


Money and Motivation--and Teachers

In America, we're stripping teachers of much of their classroom autonomy, and questioning their mastery. Once we remove teachers' intrinsic purpose, no amount of money will pull promising candidates into long-term careers in the classroom.


Re-Gifted: The Prickly Politics of the Academically Able

Honestly, I have never met a parent who said "Well, nobody in my family is gifted, but I fully support a special teacher, classroom, budget and field trips for the gifted kids. Because those kids are going to be the leaders of tomorrow--not my children."


Cheating the Gifted?

A quick look at our most gifted leaders--Americans whose work has saved or enriched millions of lives--tells us that being identified as "gifted" is never a prerequisite for world-changing discoveries or great statesmanship.


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