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February 08, 2011

Closing Public Schools: A Truly Bad Idea

Every time a public school is closed, it should be considered a failure of the central administration. The leaders who close the most public schools are the biggest failures.

February 03, 2011

Rules, Children, Schools, and Prisons

So if I sometimes call schools "prisons," I'm actually trying to be, but am not entirely being, literal. Young people are deprived of their liberty although they've committed no crime except being between the ages of 6 and 18?

January 26, 2011

Closing the Incarceration Gap

There is never a time when we "finally" hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up. We have to take our stand right now, wherever and whenever justice is betrayed.

September 30, 2010

The Truth Has Taken a Beating: Now What?

The scare tactics that followed A Nation at Risk have led to a false and damaging narrative about American schools and what needs to be done to improve them, Deborah Meier writes.

September 16, 2010

On Not Letting Facts Interfere With a Good Argument

Deborah Meier wonders about what could convince her to change her educational convictions.

September 14, 2010

Why Civil Rights Groups Oppose the Obama Agenda

Civil rights groups received too little attention when they raised important concerns about the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative this summer, Diane Ravitch writes.

September 07, 2010

Welcome Back to School "Reform"

Diane Ravitch predicts another difficult year of test-based "reform" for the nation's schools.

December 03, 2009

Where Do We Go From Here?

Dear Diane, A powerful statement which ought to be sent to everyone in a position to influence policy and legislation! Thanks. I just read a letter from Steve Jubb, an Oakland-based colleague of mine: "For my part, I agree with Kenneth Bernstein's blog post some days ago. We have inherited a for...

November 30, 2009

The Irreplaceable Ted Sizer

Note: This column was scheduled to appear on Nov. 25, but was not published until Nov. 30 due to an editing error. Dear Diane, I went up to Boston last weekend for the memorial service/celebration of Ted Sizer's life at Harvard's Memorial Church. Rituals can be wonderful things when we are facing ...

June 04, 2009

Test Results Are Not a Good Stand-In for Achievement

Dear Diane, You are right. We agree on the civil rights movement’s history. Schools were never the primary focus—but one of many interconnected ones. The connection between schooling and the economy interests me—but for different reasons than the usual PR-linkage (you’ll make mor...

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