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November 25, 2008

Good Intentions, Ignorant Elites, and Scoundrels

Dear Deborah, We live in a dangerous and dark time for schools. In many districts, the gears of power are controlled by non-educators who don't have a clue. They madly embrace testing and data and data-driven instruction because they have not a single idea about how kids learn and how teachers tea...

October 21, 2008

What Can Educators Learn from Business?

Dear Deborah, I loved your last column. I really enjoyed your references to craft and tinkering. I admire hands-on work, especially since the only work I seem to do these days with my own hands is to type and occasionally to make a salad or scrambled eggs. I would only caution that handiwork, as sa...

October 16, 2008

A Disrespect for Knowledge

Editor's note: Today, Bridging Differences returns to the conversation Diane Ravitch started Tuesday, before yesterday's entries on William Ayers. Dear Diane, There’s a connection, as you suggest, between the economic crisis we’re now in and our misbegotten effort to “reform” schools. Mayb...

October 14, 2008

Should We Risk a Free Market in Education?

Dear Deborah, Over the time that we have been blogging, we have found many issues on which we disagree—mostly having to do with externally set curriculum, standards, and tests—and many on which we agree—mostly having to do with autocratic school leadership and efforts to force a b...

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