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May 04, 2016

Public Education vs. Charter Schools: A Tale of Two Cities

Why are the papers and the policy-makers all over those protesting teachers in Detroit--while the white-collar crime in charter world goes virtually unnoticed?

February 24, 2016

What's the Matter With Detroit Schools, Pt II: Charter Conversion 'Solution' Fails

So there's the micro-question: What does it take to keep something successful and amazing going--providing the same critical services, contributing to the value of the Detroit community and students' lives? Do you do whatever it takes, and deal with the consequences as they come? Then there are the macro-questions: When resources from a public system build something wonderfully useful, addressing a social need with persistence and imagination, what do you lose when you turn over control and management to a private company? What strings are attached when you supplement public monies with private funding?

October 22, 2015

The Cost Savings of Eliminating Classroom Management

What is this amazing low-tech strategy that's filling the gaps in cyber-learning? Answer: the teachers are sitting in the same office, as they're managing their on-line classes. So it's valuable for teachers to be physically present and connected to their peers, but not so important for kids? But--wouldn't students wouldn't also benefit from putting their heads together with peers and having in-depth conversations about literature or democracy or fractions?

July 06, 2015

Who Are the Education Experts?

Haven't we had enough blue-ribbon commissions, slick data-rich presentations and spurious happy talk about soaring scores and college enrollments?

May 08, 2015

The Weird Juncture of Teacher Appreciation Week and Charter Schools Week

Maybe it's inevitable. Maybe some things--the Common Core, annual testing, charter proliferation, test-based teacher evaluation--are the new normal. Do I wish my own state had passed strong standards for establishing charter schools, twenty years ago? Absolutely. Would it have prevented the charter school corruption and fraud in my state? Who knows?

December 16, 2014

The Disruptors

Kicking kids out for misbehavior is easy. Figuring out why they're misbehaving and addressing those needs is the real challenge.

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