Is it essential for a good teacher--the kind of teacher who will raise achievement in tough schools--to have fluent mastery of these common standards, assessments, curriculum benchmarks, 21st century skills, and so on...? Apparently, yes.

What did you learn in high school? Has it lasted 40 years? Why not?

Improving and investing in public education should never be a partisan issue. It's a vital economic issue and pigeonholing ed policy into partisan camps is moronic.

Can't handle outbursts? Do we send our special education students to virtual school instead?

Anybody else notice the striking similarities between the Race to the Top, Part Deux, and the traditional Miss America Pageant?

Leadership:It's what you do, not how you look. Know the people you're leading. Public speeches and op-eds don't matter much. Persist. Take responsibility when you're wrong.

Who stands to lose when kids are heterogeneously grouped for graded projects? The student who's always been the shining star, ahead of the pack.

Is letting some students take an academic-mulligan cheating? Or a way to increase learning?

Nancy Flanagan believes in merit pay, but finds the single-salary schedule broken.

Remember when federal lawmakers saw education as a state and local issue, with the feds limited to issues of civil rights, equity and economies of scale? No more.

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