Kids today view music as a product to be consumed. It never seems to cross their mind that they might actually create some music themselves.


Teachers do what they're told to do for a more important reason than losing gainful employment. The goal is to change the system, not to elevate your personal viewpoints.


It is time we made schools community centers where everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.


Let's re-affirm our conviction that public schools, whether they be in the leafy suburbs, northern woods or gritty urban centers, are places of hope and caring. Let's sing songs of joy and peace.


Some teachers work in a parallel universe, where access to control over their own work and well-being is determined through winning over a succession of principals--a dicey business.


What's next: Common rules and standardization for traditional public schools, choice and opportunity for educational entrepreneurs.


My fear is that Michigan schools will jump too quickly into yet another seductive scheme to "disrupt"--and lose decades of work and good will.


Why aren't all students reading for pleasure, every day?


Should Grit 101 be a required subject--or is it something you learn by example and experience, over time? Should we really be grading kids on their character?


Can teachers say: Therefore, while my commitment to the children of Detroit remains as strong as it was when I began this journey 15 years ago, without the tools provided by any other typical school district in this state, I do not believe that my presence here can have any further impact?


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