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June 28, 2012

Is Trust a Reasonable Default Position?

The "push out" rate at charter schools—not to mention the already too high rate at regular public schools—is a frightening example of how we push and pull at the same time without much thought.

May 31, 2012

The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons

I remember, Diane, in 1967 telling kindergarteners in Harlem about the struggle for integration in southern schools. I stopped and looked at the faces of my 5-year-olds. Every single one was black. What did they make of what I was saying? What do they think today?

May 24, 2012

'The New Jim Crow'

The manufactured school "crisis" we are living through may have much to learn from the "crime" and "drug" crisis that has built prisons instead of schools, torn fathers from children, and then blamed their mothers for not having husbands

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

January 05, 2012

What Disparities in Wealth Say About Society

But what kind of society allows such disparities based on one and only one special "talent"—the talent some have for handling money? The ability to take financial advantage of his/her good luck?

September 20, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part Two

Most panelists agreed that there is a yawning gap between the "reform" policies of the moment and the consensus among scholars who have devoted their lives to studying the issues. How to bridge that gap?

September 08, 2011

Remembering Vito Perrone

For me personally, and Vito, too, there's a special poignancy because not only are we in danger of losing what was a growing school reform consensus in the 1980s, but we're at risk of losing all traces of a century-old progressive tradition which pitted efficiency-mavens against democracy-mavens in school reform and all the other strands of New Deal and Fair Deal reform.

June 30, 2011

When We End Up Defending, Not Proposing

Isn't it amazing that at just the moment in history that the private sector has demonstrated a combination of appalling ignorance and incompetence—to the detriment of billions of ordinary people—they've managed to use their monstrous profits to shift the argument to the sins of the public sector?

May 26, 2011

A Heritage of Disrespect?

it was those with far more power and resources who made the rules that kept them out. It took an enormous battle, led by labor unions and do-gooders, on behalf of our natural thirst for knowledge and self-respect. How dare the elite question the value others placed on getting a good education for their children? But it is part of our shared history to do so.

February 24, 2011

On the Ground in Wisconsin

Bob Peterson (of Rethinking Schools) came to talk about; when he finished, we all rose to applaud him and within 15 minutes we cancelled the day's remaining sessions, climbed into whatever vehicles we could find, and headed off to Madison—a two- to three-hour trip.

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