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September 17, 2013

A New School Year: Democracy & Schools

As long as we don't tackle "learning" democracy with as much seriousness as math and literacy it's hardly puzzling why in times of real or imagined crises the first victims will over and over again be democratic norms.

May 09, 2013

The Testing Obsession Widens the Gap

Children are BORN experts at learning. Poor and rich. They couldn't survive a week if they weren't born intellectuals.

May 07, 2013

To Close the 'Opportunity Gap,' We Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap

We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.

April 30, 2013

How Do We Foster Excellence?

We no longer need to ask, "Is it possible?" All educators have been liberated by proof that it is ...

April 25, 2013

Teaching Students About Trade-Offs

Part of the complex moral message we are teaching the young in school is being aware of the trade-offs that complicate life.

April 23, 2013

Exploring Moral Development in School

Starting in 5th grade, we introduced a series of dilemmas to our children and asked them to think about why they do what they do.

March 07, 2013

More Than One Way to Judge Education

No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.

March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

January 22, 2013

New Arguments-and Arguers-in Bridging Differences

I think our last argument was about the words "play" and "work" as applied to schooling.

January 17, 2013

It Breaks My Heart

I keep pounding away at this issue because I agree with you: It's not enough to criticize without offering alternatives.

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