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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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Privatize Schools? Look for Evidence, But Not at First.

            Want to know whether charter schools and education vouchers are good ideas?  Don’t look for evidence– at least not at first. I am a science educator. Evidence is at the core of the practice of science. Science educators teach their students that a claim about how the natural world […]

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