Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!
March 2014 Archives
Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.
Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.
Pondiscio: Having standards to which all publicly funded schools are held accountable doesn't strike me as an undue burden.
Meier: Let's keep improving on democracy rather than testing.
Pondiscio: Fair-minded readers might applaud the mindset that asks not simply, "What does this test measure?" but also, "What kind of classroom practice does this test encourage?"
Deborah Meier: If democracy is worth dying for, how about our learning to live with it?
Pondiscio: If education has an outdated view of business, the business world can be equally clueless about education.