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June 10, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.

January 11, 2011

'Huckleberry Finn' and 'The Wire'

But I am even more offended by the prospect that Mark Twain's classic work will be expurgated, rewritten by someone who wants to shield readers from the book's original language. How did we become such delicate creatures that we cannot dare to read a word that might discomfit us?

October 14, 2010

Considering 'The Same Thing Over and Over'

Deborah Meier uses Frederick Hess's book, The Same Thing Over and Over, as the springboard for a bigger look at school reform and the conflict between hype and reality in school change.

September 10, 2009

On the Art of Listening to Each Other

Dear Diane, I’m in the midst of reading a marvelous book by Danielle Allen called Talking to Strangers. I’d love to discuss it with others. Do read it so we can converse about it soon. Her concept of “political friendships” between strangers intrigues me. Which relates to my unpleasant enc...

July 09, 2009

Summer Reading & Other Thoughts

Editor's Note: After this week, Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch begin their annual summer break. Their blog will return in September. Dear Diane, I’m still amazed at how fast the new educational establishment plans to “revolutionize” our schools. I acknowledge that your support for national ...

July 07, 2009

Those Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Editor's Note: After this week, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier begin their annual summer break. Their blog will return in September. Dear Deborah, We have had fun these past couple of years exploring our differences and our agreements. It is clear that the point where we diverge most strongly is ...

July 31, 2008

Summer Reading & Summer Break

Editor's note: With this entry, Bridging Differences begins its annual summer hiatus. Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch will return in late August. Dear readers, We’ll be back in late August; I’m not sure exactly what date. We may be playing around with other ways to have our discussion—mo...

May 25, 2007

Diane's summer reading

Editor's note: While Deborah Meier travels in China, Diane Ravitch shares some quick thoughts and recommendations from her summer reading list. The Bridging Differences dialogue will return soon. With Deborah safely in China, I can now turn to my summer reading. I am trying to start a new book, s...



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