Braun's story begins with a single child and a single pencil. During a backpacking trip around the world he had taken up a simple ritual: asking children if they could have one thing, what would it be?
Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.
It's fascinating that Bloomberg's new schools chancellor, Catherine Black, is from the publishing world. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that he never even considered handing the reins to a traditional educator.
Students at Urban love their school, take pride in their education and want to succeed. The model at Urban can be replicated without pouring millions and millions of dollars into a fancy new environment.
Teachers unions have actually acknowledged the need for a big national conference on education reform. Have they finally understood the shifting winds? Have they finally gotten a clue? Or is it a publicity stunt?
In the life of a child, there is someone else who is of greater importance than the teacher. That person is, of course, the parent. I ask parents to be cognizant of the ways in which they interact with their children.
The habits of schooling make best sense if we were a dictatorship. So I shouldn't be surprised that folks are bewildered by teachers demanding, through their union, they have the same due process we offer other public employees.