What they say, what they choose

Wise people have said for eternity if you want to see what people truly believe watch what they do, not what they say. In education that means seeing how many advocates of traditional public schools choose selective schools for themselves. They do this while blocking access to to educational options for poor families of color. …

Opting-out of justice, history, and good sense

After my previous blog post about Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten speaking out for the growing opt-out campaign it was hard to shut my mind off. Once done with writing that post I was bothered by thoughts of how Ravitch acts less like a historian and more like a populist, and how Weingarten isn’t reliable as a …

Painting education the whitest shade of pale

At a time when students of color are becoming the new majority in public schools you would think education leaders would listen to their parents. This tweet from Diane Ravitch tells me we have a long way to go: BREAKING NEWS: AFT President Randi Weingarten Endorses Opt Out! http://t.co/TbRgZ3ap4O — Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) March 31, 2015 …

The preposterous and predominant proposition of private school progressives

There is an intimate, truthful moment in Davis Guggenhiem’s “Waiting for Superman” when he admits guilt for driving his child past by three inner city schools on their way to a more privileged school. It motivated him to create a documentary to expose public education dysfunction, but also connect a wide audience to solutions. He says… I passed three …

Teach For Hysteria: The utter insanity of anti-reform

If insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results, then teacher unionists and their sympathizers are certifiable. While efforts to improve public education has captured the imagination of most of the public, teacher unionists see problems (underfunding, class size, teacher prep time, the lack of good pedicures) while failing to see The Problem. …