Monthly Archives: August 2012

Civil debate, and why we need more of it

I’m strongly of the view that a passionate, honest debate is vital for any field, especially education. I was brought up believing that a courageous exchange of honestly held but differing views was the best way to arrive at understanding and truth. But there was an underlying rule: the debate was about the ideas, not […]

Responding to Diane Ravitch on KIPP

There’s not a whole lot that schools can do to improve the life trajectories of children growing up in poverty. That seems to be the contention underlying much of the writing of education historian Diane Ravitch, who ranks among the most influential education pundits nationally. Indeed, she took to the pages of the New York […]

What America thinks about education, 2012 edition

The 44th annual PDK/Gallup poll on American attitudes about education is out, and there’s plenty of real news in it–about school choice, teacher training, the Common Core state standards, and Americans’ general belief that, more than ever, their own kids are fine, but yours aren’t. My armchair analysis is on the NewSchools blog.

Romance in the Modern Age


A real moon shot in education

What does a moon shot in education mean? Lately, leaders seeking to describe a bold effort to make massive change have used the metaphor of the moon shot, notably including Arne Duncan, early in his tenure as  Secretary of Education. At the outset of the stimulus, the moon mission offered an apt metaphor for reaching […]

Clinton to KIPP Summit: “This should be a moment of renaissance in education in America”

Bill Clinton is speaking right now to the 3,000 assembled KIPP teachers, funders, and fans who make up the amazing festival of learning and joy that is KIPP School Summit. He’s utterly gallant, thanking everyone from KIPP’s board and donors to those of us who are watching on big screens from the overflow room. (Hey, […]