Meier: You and I-or some other somebodies-are deciding the future of "other people's children" unless we provide ways for "them" to have a voice, a vote, and the resources to decide their own future.
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February 25, 2014
February 20, 2014
Pondiscio: I resist the facile temptation to conflate testing with all that is wrong with American education. Testing did not destroy schooling. It revealed the rot and complacency within too many schools.
February 18, 2014
Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.
February 13, 2014
Pondiscio: I would argue that the most important thing for educators to get right is school tone and culture.
February 11, 2014
Meier: I believe the cards are so stacked against children in poverty and children of color that "pretty good" or "good enough for my own kids" will not make it for them.
February 06, 2014
Pondiscio: I'm often baffled by our insistence on making the perfect the enemy of the good. My Democracy Prep colleague Lindsay Malanga and I often say we should start an organization called the Coalition of Pretty Good Schools.
January 23, 2014
Pondiscio: You don't like "college prep," but how do you feel about "work prep?" About independence prep?
January 16, 2014
Pondiscio: None of these activities are as important as the message they send to the predominantly low-income kids of color we serve: your voice matters, and you have a duty to use it.
January 14, 2014
Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.
January 09, 2014
Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.