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November 11, 2010

When There is No One to 'Look in the Eye'

"In short, what concerns us, Diane, is not new, but part of some ancient issues that reappear over and over. Ted Sizer used to say that he wanted his own kids in schools where he could look the decisionmakers in the eye and personally expect an answer, other than "I had to do it. THEY made me." "

October 21, 2010

Why 'Convenient' Lies Won't Set Us Free

Wealth brings privileges. To pretend otherwise and insist that the "gaps" between the wealthy and the poor aren't important is not just a benign mistake; it's a dangerous one. When we allow the target to shift to "lazy" teachers and power-hungry unions, we should feel guilty, Mr. Guggenheim.

October 12, 2010

Are Charters the Silver Bullet?

Charters are not a silver bullet. They are a lead bullet. Their target is American public education.

September 23, 2010

White Knights and False Villains in Education

We need schools in which adults are treated like adults by those "above" them in the hierarchy--which has hardly ever been the condition of public schools, especially those serving poor communities.

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 09, 2010

Why the RTT Consensus Has Led Us Nowhere

Dear Readers, I've had a lazy summer—while Diane has been busy on behalf of so many of us confronting the "enemy." But if you click on deborahmeier.com you'll see some of the results of my one summer task—reading newly found old boxes full of letters, documents, and clippings. I'm three...

September 07, 2010

Welcome Back to School "Reform"

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

June 24, 2010

'Be Less Afraid'

Dear Diane, Every day, some new, unexpected voice pipes up confirming views on the quality of the tests in use to judge our children, their teachers, and their schools. The much-vaunted New York Regents math exams turn out to be shockingly shabby, etc. Ditto for new reports on the financial scandal...

June 08, 2010

The Strange Paradox of 'School Reform' Today

Dear Deborah, Over the past few months, I have traveled the country and spoken to thousands of educators—teachers, administrators, and school board members. At the same time, I have kept close tabs on the national discussion about the Obama administration's Race to the Top. I have discovere...

June 01, 2010

Deconstructing NAEP Reading Scores for Cities

Dear Deborah, This year the federal testing program (the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP) expanded to include 18 urban districts. The testing of urban districts is known as TUDA (or, Trial Urban District Assessment). TUDA was launched in 2002, in response to a request by the Co...

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