Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President:

Do you really want to go down in history as the president who killed public education? If not, it is time to stop listening to your advisors, including Arne Duncan, who are busy selling what has been the greatest public education system in the history of the world, to corporate interests that . . . → Read More: Dear Mr. President

Parent Alert!

Parent Alert! Do you really believe the nightmare of high-stakes testing of children as young as 5, the grade retention policies that fly in the face of decades of research, scripted curriculum, narrowed offerings, larger class sizes and lack of classroom resources is going away on its own? Have you heard of ALEC, Broad, DeVos, . . . → Read More: Parent Alert!

Pro-Reform

I am unabashedly pro-reform, and proud of it. The public schools in the U.S. are headed in the wrong direction and must be redirected to a new course. The evidence is clear that things have gone unquestionably wrong. Failing schools, increasing drop out rates, a badly deteriorating infrastructure, and demoralized teachers are all indicators that . . . → Read More: Pro-Reform

Farmers Call it “Sucking Hind Teat”

There are lots of ways to organize a school and provide a curriculum for the students. Take a look at the curriculum described below and think about how this might work for your children and grandchildren.

Elementary School

The school provides an academically challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students. The . . . → Read More: Farmers Call it “Sucking Hind Teat”

Coming soon to a school near you…..

Mark Naison is a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He recently posted a letter from a teacher in a New York City high school that illustrates what is happening in schools across the country. We introduce it here:

Letter from a Teacher in . . . → Read More: Coming soon to a school near you…..

Two Scenarios

For centuries, the ways of the world were nearly static but change began to accelerate with the industrial age. By the advent of the 20th century our parents and grandparents faced a world of increasing ability to communicate rapidly, travel great distances in short periods of time, and to rely on mechanical aids to perform . . . → Read More: Two Scenarios

How do you evaluate a school district?

Michael Martin, our Arizona colleague, continues to monitor the literature and to apply his considerable analytical talents to what he finds. Below is his summary of the National Research Council report on their plan to evaluate the Washington, D.C. public schools.

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The National Academies of Science, America’s most prestigious organization in science, engineering and . . . → Read More: How do you evaluate a school district?