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Who Is In Our Circle of Respect?

Who is in our circle of respect?   …. We are at a historic inflection point. On the one hand, ascendant racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and anti-intellectualism harkens back to darker times. On the other, addressing inequity is at the center of the current election cycle. We elected an African-American president twice and the Democratic candidates are a woman and a Democratic-Socialist Jew. […]

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Memo to Clinton and Sanders: Competition is Not a Healthy Choice for School Improvement

Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It hasn’t happened anywhere, nor is there evidence that it can….Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It […]

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How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

…. At King’s writing in 1963, he decried the entreaties of “moderates” to be patient, to engage in less direct action, to accept slow incremental changes. Today, the brakes on transformational change come with the dogma of pragmatism. Especially in education policy, the politics of social justice and equality denial have taken a more cynical turn. […]

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The K-12 Education Speech We Need From Democrats

The K-12 Education Speech We Need From Democrats With the Elementary, Secondary Education Act (ESEA) once again up for reconsideration in Congress, it is time for the Democratic presidential hopefuls to take a stand. Candidates Sanders, O’Malley and Clinton have decided that to differentiate themselves from their Republican rivals, they must make a direct, unmistakable […]

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Democrats: There Are Better Choices Than School Choice to Improve Education

Over the next year we can expect to hear a lot from Republican presidential candidates about school choice, the word of choice to marshal political support to expand the number charter schools and vouchers for private schools. Democrats, except maybe the governor of New York, have traditionally opposed public funding for vouchers. However, many have […]

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We Can Be Better Than the Audacity of Small Hopes

We Can Be Better Than the Audacity of Small Hopes The United States is suffering through the audacity of small hopes. In the shadow of the Great Recession and after several decades of increasing wealth disparity in the United States, the politically and financially powerful have the audacity to call upon the nation to accept […]

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