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April 05, 2012

'Soft Science' & Less Certainty

We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.

March 29, 2012

So Much Policy Talk

How much can schools—under the best of circumstances—affect young people's lives and drives? In many ways I've spent 50 years exploring the answer to that.

March 20, 2012

The Lesson of Florida

David knocked down Goliath. Democracy lives. The good guys won.

January 26, 2012

It's the Economy ...

I'm not regretting having spent 50 years trying to reform American public education, and I think it's more imperative today than ever. But the future doesn't depend on it the way it does on our economic crisis, our political system crisis, and our planetary self-destruction.

January 19, 2012

Thoughts on Japan & Julia Richman

Yes, there have been and will continue to be "turnarounds" that work. But if we see the turnaround as a method of getting "rid" of people—teachers or kids—we'll misuse its potential.

January 05, 2012

What Disparities in Wealth Say About Society

But what kind of society allows such disparities based on one and only one special "talent"—the talent some have for handling money? The ability to take financial advantage of his/her good luck?

January 03, 2012

The Odd Couple: Dennis & Wendy

Did the NEA sign on to TFA's agenda of minimal fast-track training, or did TFA sign on to NEA's demand for a full year of residency and a rigorous examination before teachers gain their license?

December 13, 2011

Scrooge and School Reform

Ladd suggests that what is needed are positive policy interventions, such as early-childhood and pre-school programs; school-based health clinics and social services; after school programs and summer programs; and paying more attention to inputs such as school quality and school processes.

November 15, 2011

Billionaires for Education Reform

Today, the question of democracy looms large as we see increasing efforts to privatize the control of public schools. There is an even more worrisome and allied trend, and that is the growing influence of money in education politics at the state and local levels.

November 10, 2011

Wanted: Creative Resistance

It's not enough to be willing to die for democracy, one needs to live for it. But that takes a reorganizing of our ideas about what it means to be well-educated.

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