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Corporate School Reform

Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools?

John Thompson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
John Thompson

If Bill Gates would respect the fences that are necessary to protect educators and students, in particular, and our constitutional democracy in general, most of us would re-welcome his foundation back into school improvement.

Debating Amiri Baraka in the Urban Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
John Thompson

After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.

Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

If we're serious about fixing the long-term problems in the schools, we should take a careful look at each of these, determining how they should shape the roles of all players in the system -- be they administrators, teachers, parents, or politicians.

The Win-Lose-Win School of Reform

John Thompson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
John Thompson

By now, social science shows how and why the win-lose approach of test-driven "reform" has failed. Now, we must document the costs of these political wins for corporate "reformers."