Like me, Wendy thinks that the media should not print the names of teachers and their "effectiveness ratings." We agreed that The Los Angeles Times was wrong to do so a year ago. She agreed with me that naming names is fraught with inaccuracy and can only demoralize teachers.
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September 13, 2011
June 16, 2011
We can't overcome the past until we make radical changes in the way too many Americans are forced to live, as well as in our ways of using school.
June 09, 2011
The odds are that he believes every word he writes; another reminder of how much what we take for granted depends on our particular experiences. Maybe these guys DO constantly run into teachers who are fans of Michel Rhee, as they claim.
June 02, 2011
Staying close and observing closely has advantages. But staying close also has disadvantages: one isn't as prepared as one should be for the larger political context.
May 10, 2011
I don't know how we will convince the policymakers, the foundation leaders, and the media that education issues are complex and that all sides should be heard.
May 05, 2011
I noticed that two Harlem schools just a few blocks away—both serving largely poor, black students—served students whose families were often quite different. "Poor" covers a lot of territory. I
April 28, 2011
We are in a perilous time, and they need a place and a space to safely investigate the world and to care for each other. And, teachers need to use every means they can find to do what they know is right.
April 07, 2011
Lobbyist by lobbyist, the unions certainly couldn't match their opponents, even if we added in the many good citizen advocacy groups. But they had one advantage over the others: the relatively high loyalty of their members. Numbers of people vs. numbers of dollars.
March 22, 2011
While right-wing governors impose cuts on the public schools and lay off thousands of teachers, the corporate reformers are strangely silent, perhaps because the dramatic reductions in the education budget are accompanied by cuts to corporate/business taxes.
March 15, 2011
If Gov. Walker succeeds, there will be no organized voice to oppose his "reform" plans. He can raise the income cap on vouchers, letting everyone leave the public schools if they choose.