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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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Why Reports of Progress on No Child Left Behind Rewrite May Not Be a Good Sign

There are reports on Capitol Hill that some progress is being made on the rewrite of No Child Left Behind, at least between the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate education committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Republican committee chairman, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, recently issued a statement saying: “During […]

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The Better Way to Improve Education: Invest and Trust

Current debate about education policy is dominated by several zombie ideas. One idea that should have been dead, but keeps coming back to life is the “government is the problem“-inspired commitment to public disinvestment. The other better left for idea is to distrust educators, but trust tests and markets to improve education. There is a better, third way to […]

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U.S. education policy: Federal overreach or reaching for the wrong things?

Great advances for economic and social justice, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and civil rights laws are the result of federal legislation and Supreme Court decisions. All of these benchmarks of progress been initiated by local social and political action, but they have been achieved nationally….. The problem over the last several decades of […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

In his 1992 autobiography, Sam Walton wrote, “Frankly, I’d like to see an all-out revolution in education.” Similarly, advocacy for an education revolution has been adopted by Pearson, the education publishing and assessment giant. Well, you know we all want to change the world. …. Strangely, we are now confronted with a different brand of revolutionaries, […]

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The strategic campaign needed to save public education — in nine steps

Over the last several decades, a concerted negative public relations effort has tainted the idea of government as a mechanism to serve the common good. Investment in and the credibility of the institution of democratically governed public schools have been under sustained attack, while education inequity has increased. As a result, much needed sustained systemic […]

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