Maybe dropping out of school is not about lousy teaching or low standards. Maybe simply entering the building tells you what value the world places on your education.

You'd think it would be impossible to make Genghis Khan boring and forgettable, but no.

How would a parent know if a school was good--i.e., functional, challenging, caring, and doing what schools are supposed to do?

The highest levels of excellence in science, technology and business generally come from collaborative efforts. This is not mushy school-speak. This is straight out of Deming.

"If a kid comes to your charter school without a HEAD you are required by law to admit that student." We believe it.

It's hard to say which came first--the dysfunctional chicken or the infuriated egg--but unionization is not the root cause of what Michelle Rhee calls "crappy schools."

Dear MORE magazine: Would you print a little piece called "Are Nurses Ruining Our Hospitals?"

Lots of sound, more than a little fury. And about 95% solidly pro-professional teacher and public education. Doesn't get much better than that.

NBC's promoting the "advantages" of destroying an entire educational community in a devastating, lethal--and preventable--flood? Really? Shameful.

Perhaps it's time to stop dividing people into "our side" and "their side" and start the hard work of deconstructing popular policies and media-driven narratives. It's not about winning. It's about making better public schools for all kids.

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