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July 25, 2014 - 7:44 am CDT

Dear Mr. President,
Like thousands of experienced classroom teachers throughout our great country, I am very concerned about how you decided to go the way that you did with your Education policies. I was recently told by a close friend of the yours that "Arne's Team looked at all of the options" and decided to go with its current policies because "they would get us where we needed to go more quickly than any other set of alternatives." I was also told, "that not everybody could be in the room."

July 21, 2014 - 7:01 am CDT

The political philosopher Benjamin Barber may be a little theoretical for the general reader, but he really gets what’s happening these days:   “We can be glad Carnegie built libraries, glad that the Gateses are battling AIDS, but inequality will not end because billionaires give back some of the spoils of monopoly.” (Consumed, p.

July 17, 2014 - 10:36 am CDT

Richard Whitmire’s new book chronicles a bumpy ride for Rocketship charter schools…

EduShyster: Your book is meant to chronicle the take-off of a high-performing charter school but to me it read more like a cautionary tale. You made the strongest case I’ve seen for why Silicon Valley-style disruption and education are a mismatch. I’m thinking of Rocketship’s decision to blow up its instructional model, making classrooms much larger, in order to generate more revenue for expansion.

July 16, 2014 - 4:33 pm CDT

Political pundits who try to tamp down talk of divisions within the Democratic Party must not be paying any attention to education policy.

July 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm CDT

In the second such action in two weeks, yesterday the delegates of a national teachers union at its national convention passed a resolution repudiating U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

July 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm CDT

Everything you ever wanted to know about education reform land but were afraid to ask…

July 9, 2014 - 6:57 am CDT

Public schools are human institutions, places where adults work to foster the intellectual, linguistic, mathematical, social, ethical, emotional, and physical growth and development of children. Schools must be structured to foster a climate of physical and emotional safety and support. They need to connect with families in a natural way, for parents and guardians are children’s primary teachers.  Children thrive when there is mutuality between the school and the family.  Schools are primary social institutions in the neighborhood, places where the interests of the community converge.


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