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October 18, 2016

The Tyranny of (School) Choice

School choice is all the rage in education right now, but, to me, the only choice we need to make is this one: we need to commit to public education for everybody, not just for those lucky enough to win an enrollment lottery or lucky enough to have parents who live in the right zip code.

September 05, 2016

Fixing the School Start-Time Problem

We should make it easier for kids to go to school and get something out of it, even if it means making a few sacrifices on our part. As it stands the choices we make now too often do the opposite. We can do better than that.

August 26, 2016

Pay Teachers More? Of Course We Should

There is an old argument about teaching and teacher pay making the rounds, masquerading as a powerful new insight. The argument is that improving the working conditions of teachers is more important than raising teacher pay. Come on now.

July 10, 2016

In Praise of Summer Vacation

It's that time of year, finally: school's out, for most of us, and we can start thinking about how to use the time wisely. I wish everybody had the same opportunities I have.

June 28, 2016

Neoliberalism and the New Politics of Education

Like a lot of people who like to know what's going on in the world I spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks trying to understand what was going on in the UK, where finally, on Thursday, the British voted to leave the European Union. I'm no expert on British politics but I have to say the vote left me feeling uneasy, especially as I thought about it in the context of education policy.

June 03, 2016

When Having Grit Is a Bad Thing

The problem with grit is that it privileges hard work over judgment; people with grit keep working even when they don't know why they're doing it. What if having grit is not as good for us as we thought it was?

May 17, 2016

Beware of Teacher Education Rankings

After I shared some critical observations about the data collection and analysis techniques employed by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently, I got a surprise in my inbox: a response from someone at NCTQ. Here's my response.

May 02, 2016

We Owe It to Ourselves to Fix Funding for Public Education

I know I may be preaching to the choir here, but our collective failure to secure better funding for education is a national embarrassment. Until we get serious about overhauling how we pay for education we're going to have a hard time solving all the other problems on our plate.

April 26, 2016

Let's Talk Solutions to the Teacher Shortage Problem

Last month Las Vegas was desperate for teachers; now Hawaii is too. Is there anything we can do to address these chronic teacher shortages?

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.

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