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Meier: It's amazing the lengths to which we will go to avoid the questions that surround poverty and segregation, and how useful instead it has been to focus our animosity on schools.


Klonsky: Small rural schools, which often served as community anchors, were (are) being closed by the hundreds.


Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.


Klonsky: The struggle in the cities, while certainly connected to testing and curriculum (common core), has been focused on equity.


Meier: It's too easy to ignore families who fundamentally disagree with us without seeing the damage it causes.


Klonsky: While you and I share a healthy suspicion of government programs and share a strong opposition to NCLB and Race To The Top, I'm not against government.


Meier: If my house were on fire, I'd not reject the help of a neighbor whose views I otherwise despise. I think our nation is on fire.


Klonsky: How bad is it out there? Who are the forces in the field? How weak or strong are they and we?


Meier: Of late, teaching is not a field I'm comfortable seeing my grandchildren or their friends entering.


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