October 2014 Archives

To all the TFA critics out there, here's my pitch: TFA isn't going away. So why not pressure them to wield their power and influence in a way that might actually prove more productive?


Jack and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss the role of teacher unions and how they might evolve in the coming decades.


Jack and guest Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss whether testing companies like Pearson are behind the Common Core State Standards.


Is there any point in having curricular benchmarks at the district, state, or national level? Jack Schneider and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss.


Choice, for all its pitfalls, does offer a glimmering hope of countering school segregation. Julian Vasquez Heilig and I consider a choice plan that might work.


Vouchers are back as a topic, and this time they've been given an equity gloss. Julian Vasquez Heilig and I discuss whether or not vouchers are still a bad idea.


What is the damage done by TFA's claims that their program is as good or better than college- and university-based programs? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I discuss.


Julian Vasquez Heilig and I have both been critical of Teach For America. But we tend to take different positions on the overall impact of organization.


Should the community have input in what they are held accountable for in educational outcomes? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I weigh the possibilities.


What should be included in a measure of school quality? If not by standardized test scores, how should we measure student achievement? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I each have some thoughts.


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