We need schools that define success in broader ways than test scores or college completion.
May 2013 Archives
We have a whole class of children growing up without fathers, and they are doing terribly.
How do we sustain good schools so that over time there are more and more of them? I think networks of schools are a useful added component.
The charter movement had it right from the get-go: Each school would have its own "charter" spelling out the results that it would be responsible for achieving.
We need a diversity of attempted solutions;mistakes must be honored, not attacked.
What if the perfect for which you have spent decades championing really is the enemy of the good?
Children are BORN experts at learning. Poor and rich. They couldn't survive a week if they weren't born intellectuals.
We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.
After fighting one war after another, at great cost, for democracy, we shame ourselves when we let it slip through our fingers so fast.