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Chris Lehmann

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This I Believe

(11) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 8:25 AM

What are your 10 most core beliefs? What would happen if we all started posting them?

  1. I believe that, in the end, if we were serious about reforming education in this country, we would start with three simple (but expensive) premises:
    1. No classes over 20 in K-8. No...
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More of Something That Is Already Flawed Isn't a Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 12:06 PM

In today's Philly Inquirer, there was the following editorial: School days are too short.

The editorial is framed around how Cherry Hill, New Jersey teachers agreed to extend their days by 30 minutes, and how, if you do the math, that adds up to 14 extra days of...

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The Public Trust

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 1:18 PM

I've been frustrated by what has been a long, drawn-out scandal in Philadelphia education for the last year. It seems that some number of schools in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia specifically, cheated on the PSSAs. In Philadelphia, there are 53 schools that have been identified as having suspicious erasure...

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Educational Colonialism

(12) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:21 PM

It is my hope that my sons Jakob and Theo would want to go to the school I started -- Science Leadership Academy -- or a school like SLA that has an inquiry-driven, project-based, modern-schooling approach to learning.

I admit -- much of the vision of SLA, both...

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Why Divide Your Thanks, Mr. President?

(11) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Dear Mr. President,

I'm not one for the Hallmark Holidays. I don't make a huge deal over Father's Day. My wife and I agree every year that Valentine's Day is a good excuse to have a nice dinner and not much more. So I wasn't going to make a big...

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Root Causes and the Save Our Schools March

(17) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 1:54 PM

I saw some really poor teaching the other day. Doesn't matter where. The kids were great ... in fact, they were incredibly tolerant of the poor teaching.

The teacher sat in a chair in the front of a classroom where the desks were neatly in rows. The students had their...

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The Great American Teach-In: Listening to Students

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 12:33 PM

These days, it seems like everyone is talking about how to fix education. Open the paper, turn on the news shows, and you can see billionaires, businessmen, union leaders, former superintendents, and even the occasional teacher and parent talking about how we have to fix our schools. There is, however,...

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In Defense of Teachers Unions

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 6:34 PM

Are unions perfect? No. Ask anyone involved with one.

But it comes down to this: Do you believe that people have the right to a say in their own workplace?

If so, do you believe that their voice will be stronger collectively or alone?

If you believe that teachers...

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The Rule Of Law

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 2:07 AM

[Influencing this post: Facebook-Driven Newark Overhaul Lurches Forward - EdWeek, Oct. 1, 2010]

Recently, the $100 million Zuckerberg conditional gift to schools in Newark hit a snag. Turns out that a major condition of the gift -- that Mayor Booker would be given control of the Newark school...

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This Isn't An Education Debate

(26) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 1:05 AM

As you may have noticed, education has become a hot topic of late. President Obama spoke to the nation's school children again this year. In Arne Duncan, we have the most activist Secretary of Education in memory. "Waiting for 'Superman' " and MSNBC's Education Nation have created discussions and debates...

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