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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.

July 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm CDT

Everything you ever wanted to know about education reform land but were afraid to ask…

July 9, 2014 - 6:57 am CDT

Public schools are human institutions, places where adults work to foster the intellectual, linguistic, mathematical, social, ethical, emotional, and physical growth and development of children. Schools must be structured to foster a climate of physical and emotional safety and support. They need to connect with families in a natural way, for parents and guardians are children’s primary teachers.  Children thrive when there is mutuality between the school and the family.  Schools are primary social institutions in the neighborhood, places where the interests of the community converge.

July 6, 2014 - 8:24 am CDT

If you want to put children first, you must also put the adults who are working closest with them, their parents and their teachers, first.


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