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March 22, 2012

On Foreign Relations & Precious Gems

Denver: If you go out that-a-way, visit the Jefferson County Open School. Begun in 1970, it's a precious gem.

March 08, 2012

Phony Stories About Schools

Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.

March 06, 2012

Bobby Jindal vs. Public Education

Why are the elites of both parties so eager to hand children and public dollars over to private corporations? Why are both parties complicit in the dismantling of public education?

March 01, 2012

This Absurd Takeover of Our Public Life

I've been so used to trying to persuade powerful people that we can't base good schooling on simple tools of "measurement" that I forgot that truly they don't care.

January 26, 2012

It's the Economy ...

I'm not regretting having spent 50 years trying to reform American public education, and I think it's more imperative today than ever. But the future doesn't depend on it the way it does on our economic crisis, our political system crisis, and our planetary self-destruction.

January 12, 2012

Two Golden Opportunities Lost in the 1990s?

Like No Child Left Behind, the Soviet state set goals for everyone to meet—or else. Since they were unmeetable goals, it produced a culture of lies and cover-ups and a climate of fear. Does that sound familiar?

December 08, 2011

Are All Choices a Choice?

If charters had stuck to their original selling point—the need for innovation on a small, less-regulated scale before we mandated it on a large scale—there'd be a few grumbles and otherwise just curiosity.

December 01, 2011

Getting From Here to There

In a world in which the money some folks earn in a day is more than what others hope to earn in a year, a decade, a lifetime, it's hard to calculate likelihoods. Even the word "earn" is problematic.

November 29, 2011

Should Schools Be Run for Profit?

I have no problem with businesses making a profit when they offer value for goods and services. But there is something about this for-profit education industry that feels unseemly.

November 17, 2011

What Do We Mean by 'Public'?

Most of the new charters are not accountable to any public but their own privately chosen board (and a very distant appointed oversight committee). None of its constituents—parents, students, or staff—are by law part of that board nor have any choice but speaking with their feet. Not their voices.

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