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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

December 02, 2016

Now Can We Talk About Standards?

I'll say it: creating more opportunities for choice without making any attempt to establish a baseline of quality is not just irresponsible, it's unconscionable. Yet it looks like exactly what we're about to do. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.

August 22, 2016

Rethinking the School Calendar and Everything Else

I'm not reflexively opposed to the idea of changing the traditional school calendar, and I'm not married to the idea that summer vacation, in particular, must be protected at all costs. What are some other alternatives?

June 10, 2016

The Character Education We Need

I should probably stop short of saying this will be the last thing I have to say about grit—never say never—but I think this will be the last thing I have to say about grit. Maybe.

May 22, 2016

The End-of-Semester Blues

Whether we want to admit it or not, the world is only going to be ours for a little while. Before long it will pass on to our children, and if all we've done to prepare them to take on that responsibility is remind them of how little they've accomplished and blame their teachers for not helping them do more, what reason do we have to think they'll be able to handle it?

April 16, 2016

Real Reform Happens When Teachers Are In Charge

Sammamish High School, a diverse, comprehensive school in Bellevue, Wash., has quietly been in the process of reinventing itself. Education reformers should take note of what's happening there.

April 03, 2016

The Conversation About Standards We Should Be Having

Imagine a world where we gave some common tests set to some common standards and used them to compare programs to each other, and we did it not to impose punishments or identify winners and losers but to spotlight what works in certain contexts and what doesn't. Wouldn't that be an improvement over how we do things today?

March 07, 2016

Common-Core Math: What Are We So Afraid Of?

Here comes another video complaining about the "scary" way kids are doing math these days. Somebody really ought to start collecting these things for posterity.

January 30, 2016

What If Teachers Were More Like Airline Pilots?

What could we learn about teacher education policy by looking at the career ladders of airline pilots?

January 23, 2016

High Standards Without High Stakes

Is it possible to have high standards without using standardized tests to assess them?

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