Pedro Noguera, Deborah Meier, David Whitman, Luis Moll, Barbados, Sapphire Rhodes
October 2012 Archives
It echoed what I was hearing over there: the way the "austerity movement" has crippled education, above all in the so-called "developing" nations. Not to mention crippling, literally, the health and welfare of the world's children.
I find it ironic and hypocritical that the opponents of charter schools don't voice much objection to the loss of affluent children to private schools.
After a decade or more of being "in charge" of our public schools, these "guys" (and a few gals) accept no blame.
The Obama administration is our ally, not our enemy. We must work with them to show that a better approach to improving our schools is possible.
The part that scares me most is that this attack on public education goes along with an assumption long held by public school educators, too;an education philosophy that provides encouragement to those who've always said that those kids learn differently
The biggest threat to public education doesn't come from charter schools; it comes from the loss of confidence and support from parents who have chosen to place their children in charters and private schools because they don't believe their children will be well served, and from politicians who starve public schools of resources and weaken them further.
Let's think of three, four, or at most five issues we could unite on, principles that might cut across some of the unnecessarily warring parties.
It is fundamentally wrong to judge teachers by student test scores, but that doesn't mean teachers bear no responsibility for student learning.