A first rule of education should be, "Listen to the students and they will teach you how to teach them." It can be a frightening policy. Few things are more painful to teachers than the words, "I'm bored!"
PBS showed a reality that is lost on data-driven "reformers." Social scientists have documented the primary importance of socio-emotional factors and the need to build trust before academics can improve. And that takes patience.
When Joseph Lhota served as Rudolph Giuliani's deputy mayor he was so active in combatting the city's rodent problem that Giuliani christened him the "rat czar." So why is he now opposed to an eating ban on the subway?