The eradication of Ignorance and Want? Not there yet.

It is ironic that, in a month when you can hear "For Unto Us a Child is Born" in the dog food aisle of the supermarket, we are worried about whether it's OK to be roasting chestnuts over an open fire in the school gymnasium.

We're on the kryptonite bandwagon now: old public schools bad, "innovative" charter schools good. Action, not reflection.

When it comes to schooling, perception is reality--so what does it mean when we position public education as hopeless?

I have the best reason for teaching. Ever.

Rebuilding public education will take time and excellent leadership. And it won't be cheap, upfront. But we can't afford to wait until the economy gets better.

A subject that ought be drop-dead obvious: Teachers improve with experience.

What's on your short list of essential skills for school leaders? Do compliance and consistency matter more than knowledge and experience?

You can't know how to "fix" schools when you drive past them, on your way to your real life. You can't know what kids need, until you know the kids.

The value of equity is nested in excellence: You can't have a truly excellent educational system unless it is inherently equitable.

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