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.

At last--a teacher who takes swift action against disrespectful punks and teaches them a lesson! But what's the real takeaway?

So why aren't teachers out there making their own inflammatory films and outrageous statements? Why don't we carry insulting signs, wear funny hats and gather on the Mall for no discernible purpose?

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