Humility

Joe Nocera, writing in his new column on The New York Times Op-Ed page, accuses the education reform movement of hubris and prescribes reformers a dose of humility as to what reform can and cannot accomplish. I’ll leave to others to point out that the beliefs attributed to the movement…

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Post’s re-post of UFT post: A Riposte

The NY Post wrote the book on tabloid headlines. They can’t all be “Headless Body in Topless Bar” but the headline on a charter school article this weekend was the worst I’ve seen: “Charters ënix 23%’ of kids.” How can I put this? No they don’t. The headline refers to…

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The Fragility of the Not-Quite-Charter Model

Please, go now and read Jonathan Mahler’s NYT Magazine profile of RamÛn Gonz·lez, star principal of Middle School 223 in the Bronx. It’s a subtle, illuminating, balanced, superb piece of education journalism, worth reading more than once. Policy debates aside, it’s a portrait of educational heroesóreminding us again how just…

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John King, Reformer

New York needs vigilant eyes on its school reform efforts, not just when they’re announced but over time when Albany interests can resist and co-opt. The New York Post editorial board fills this watchdog role with relish (and we've had occasion to be thankful for it), but today it bit…

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