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Last month Dale Russakoff wrote a fascinating article in The New Yorker about school reform in Newark, New Jersey. It is a saga of what can happen when educational reformers, with the best of intentions and ample resources, attempt to implement school reform without fully understanding the meaning of community, the strength of neighborhood loyalty, and how attached struggling families are to tContinue Reading »
Nearly a century ago, John Dewey reflected on the nature of change in his book Human Nature and Conduct:
We may desire abolition of war, industrial justice, and greater opportunity for all. But no amount of preaching good will or the golden rule or cultivation of sentiments of love and equity will accomplish the results. There must be change in objective arrangements and institutions.Continue Reading »
President Obama is calling his new initiative to help every young man of color get on the path to success, “My Brother’s Keeper.” The reference is to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. After Cain kills his brother Abel, God asks Cain where Abel was and Cain replies “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
This deeply ethical question has sparked philosophical and religiContinue Reading »
The Washington Post conducted a fascinating analysis last week of how much time President Obama devoted in his State of the Union Address to each of his main policy concerns– equality of opportunity, education, energy & environment, health care, immigration, minimum wage, foreign policy and partisanship &political culture.
In his 65 minute speech, the President talked for nContinue Reading »
Americans are drawn to those moments in history when they stood up for something big and important. The 50th anniversary of the Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty is one of those moments.
In his 1964 State of the Union Address, President Johnson launched the War on Poverty, beginning with these words: “I will be brief, for our time is necessarily short and our agenda is already long.” ThosContinue Reading »
Look for President Obama to emphasize inequality’s effects on Americans in his State of the Union address tonight. In his candid interview with David Remnick in the latest edition of New Yorker Magazine, the President cites the work of Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone. The President observed, “You’ve got folks like Bob Putnam, who’s doing some really interesting studieContinue Reading »
Compared to students from other industrialized countries, American students are, at best, average. Last week the US Department of Education published “First Look at PISA 2012,” sounding the alarm bells. Our 15-year-olds are slowly but surely falling behind 15-year-olds from countries where educational rigor is the standard. For instance, the average score on the mathematics literacy scale is 48Continue Reading »
Fairness is a core American value. Last week, President Obama spoke eloquently about fairness and why it matters if all Americans are to realize their dreams of decent lives for themselves and their children.
President Obama talked about growing our economy faster and linked this goal to empowering “more Americans with the skills and education they need to compete in a highly competitiveContinue Reading »
When A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform was published in April of 1983 it set off a political and policy firestorm that continues to smolder today. The report was submitted by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which consisted of some the nation’s top educational leaders and chaired by David P. Gardner, president of the University of Utah.
The reportContinue Reading »
Where a student goes to high school matters in the transition to college—a lot.
Imagine three young women about to graduate from their neighborhood public high schools—Amanda is graduating from a school in an affluent community, Sally from a working class high school, and Vivian from a school in a poor urban neighborhood. All three have studied the same core subjects, all have grade poinContinue Reading »