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July 28, 2014 - 10:17 pm CDT

Calling on our political leaders and plutocrats to show some grit.

When I was a kid “grit” was the stuff that was left in the bottom of the bath tub after I showered following a full day spent on a dusty baseball field. “Grit” was also the stuff in the Lava soap my auto mechanic father used to get the grease off his hands at the end of the work day.

July 28, 2014 - 7:46 am CDT

Recently I have noticed a new snare from charter cheerleaders. The approach is for them to ask you to tell them which charters school you love/like. This is a clever trap. My response is, “Why don’t you tell me the worst offenders on the issues of equity and access and tell me which ones we should close?” Then wait for the pregnant silence.

July 25, 2014 - 7:44 am CDT

Dear Mr. President,
Like thousands of experienced classroom teachers throughout our great country, I am very concerned about how you decided to go the way that you did with your Education policies. I was recently told by a close friend of the yours that "Arne's Team looked at all of the options" and decided to go with its current policies because "they would get us where we needed to go more quickly than any other set of alternatives." I was also told, "that not everybody could be in the room."

July 21, 2014 - 7:01 am CDT

The political philosopher Benjamin Barber may be a little theoretical for the general reader, but he really gets what’s happening these days:   “We can be glad Carnegie built libraries, glad that the Gateses are battling AIDS, but inequality will not end because billionaires give back some of the spoils of monopoly.” (Consumed, p.

July 17, 2014 - 10:36 am CDT

Richard Whitmire’s new book chronicles a bumpy ride for Rocketship charter schools…

EduShyster: Your book is meant to chronicle the take-off of a high-performing charter school but to me it read more like a cautionary tale. You made the strongest case I’ve seen for why Silicon Valley-style disruption and education are a mismatch. I’m thinking of Rocketship’s decision to blow up its instructional model, making classrooms much larger, in order to generate more revenue for expansion.

July 16, 2014 - 4:33 pm CDT

Political pundits who try to tamp down talk of divisions within the Democratic Party must not be paying any attention to education policy.

July 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm CDT

In the second such action in two weeks, yesterday the delegates of a national teachers union at its national convention passed a resolution repudiating U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


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