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February 06, 2014

Be Excellent at Simple

Pondiscio: I'm often baffled by our insistence on making the perfect the enemy of the good. My Democracy Prep colleague Lindsay Malanga and I often say we should start an organization called the Coalition of Pretty Good Schools.

February 04, 2014

There Is No One Right Way

Meier: If half the effort and money spent on standardizing, aligning, testing, scripting over the last half-century had been spent on this kind of support, encouragement, and opportunity, we'd be in a very different and better place.

January 30, 2014

Making Teachers Guides to the World

Pondiscio: I object less to the principle of accountability than a sloppy, ill-defined, or unfair accountability system that encourages bad practice.

January 21, 2014

Preparing Kids for More Than College

Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.

January 16, 2014

Pulling the Levers of Power

Pondiscio: None of these activities are as important as the message they send to the predominantly low-income kids of color we serve: your voice matters, and you have a duty to use it.

December 17, 2013

Who's the Real Progressive?

Robert Pondiscio: If being progressive means concern with how children are educated, not the outcome of that education, then what does it mean to be progressive?

December 10, 2013

The Progressive Case for a Common Curriculum

Do you believe we can morally and lawfully make knowledge demands, however trivial, of one class of citizens but not another?

December 05, 2013

In 'The Spirit of Liberty'

It's probably easier to teach about liberty than democracy. The former is perhaps "natural" to the human species.

December 03, 2013

What Can We Agree to Teach?

A child who does not leave his or her public education endowed with the same body of knowledge as his or her peers is consigned to second-class citizenship

November 12, 2013

Ed Reform Needs a Nixon-to-China Moment

One of the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate is that it makes enemies of people who might be able to add value to each other's work.

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