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Let's Build Schools Worthy of Our Democracy

John Thompson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

I have long been perplexed by the dilemma that test-driven "reform" created. Teachers cannot remain silent as our integrity is assailed and as corporate "reformers" follow their marketing plan and launch one outrageous attack on public schools after another.

Preschool: A Nonpartisan No-brainer

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Susan Ochshorn

Obama may well be hedging his bets. But as a believer in taxpayer-funded preschool for all (I prefer the term "public good," thank you), I like to think that the president's paving the way for the whole nine yards. How about that legacy, on which he seems to be working so diligently?

The Public Equivalent of Love

David Kirp | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
David Kirp

We need a sea change in how we think about all children -- a kids-first approach. The guiding principle is as simple, and as powerful, as the Golden Rule

Persuading Obama to Invest in Crib to College

John Thompson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
John Thompson

The cost of Arne Duncan's $4 billion Race to the Top is only the tip of the iceberg if we seek to continue to invest billions in computer systems and standardized testing to fire teachers.

Demanding A Better Education For Children In Foster Care

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

The education of children in foster care is one step in a long, needed march towards a future where we put all children first.

David Kirp, Susan Szachowicz and Lessons From WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Whether this two-day event was excessively celebratory is the question on my mind. Why spend two days in a conflict-free zone when the situation in schools is dire?