We're all products of our expectations. And some of those expectations just might be first world problems.

What are your three most salient ideas about the Common Core? Are they criticisms? Can you put them into shovel-ready bullet points, for the limited attention span of your average legislator?

There will always be gaps between experienced teachers and new ones-- and it's good to have fresh ideas, untainted by cynicism. But we have a long national history of not listening to the collective wisdom of experienced educators.

Nuggets of truth wrapped in sentiment are the most dangerous kind of marketing. I'd like to believe that education will help our future citizens tell the difference between cheap emotional manipulation and what really matters.

If would-be teachers are going to dedicate years and considerable financial resources into preparing themselves, then take and pass a bar exam, they're going to expect professional salaries and respect. They're going to want control over their own work.

One way for teachers to take control of the reform dialogue is to tell their stories.

Thanks, Garfield teachers. Know that your courage isn't wasted on your teaching colleagues around the nation.

Do we have to start with the conviction that public education has failed, before we can transform or improve, regenerate or revitalize a fully public system?

Unlike some enterprises, school security is an investment in people, relationships, trust and respect. It's not for sale.

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.

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