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Want Real Innovation? Disrupt Equity!

          Let’s all answer what teachers call an essential question. The answer reveals core moral values and political judgments. Should every child in the United States have access to the same level of high-quality education resources? “Yes,” means bringing every public school up to the standards of class size, teaching effectiveness, curriculum […]

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The Strange and Bitter Fruit of Education Policy

            In New York City, one of the most diverse yet segregated school systems in America, privileged parents routinely object to, resist, manipulate, and scheme to avoid sending their children to school with others whom they deem undesirable. It is easy to condemn these white, upper-middle-class resistors to school integration and de-tracking […]

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We Are All Values Voters

            We are all values voters. As George Lakoff has consistently argued, people vote their values first, not policy positions.  What, then brought the United States to the point when, according to recent polls, a significant majority of Americans think the country “is going in the wrong direction.” Let’s start by discarding […]

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Privatization: Education Eggs in the Wrong Basket

            Don’t let the government take away your democracy. It’s at risk, especially in education. Two developments caught my attention this week.  In both cases, policy makers acted to promote the idea that parents should shop for schools just like when they go to the market to buy eggs. Democracy […]

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If Not Now, When?

Without one another we are diminished. The more we have others around us, the stronger we can become. That is the idea of the common good. It’s not a uniquely American idea, but it is one with which many of us identify. Republicans in Congress have a different idea. It applies to guns, health care, […]

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Why We Should Care About The Education Of Other People’s Children

It is time to care about the education of other people’s children. Other people’s children are or will be our neighbors. Other people’s children – from almost anywhere in the United States and beyond – could end up as our coworkers. Other people’s children are tomorrow’s potential voters. How, what, and with whom they learn […]

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