Tag Archives: education

Are Parent Trigger Laws a Good Idea?

It’s hard not to feel excited for the group of parents who successfully took over their California community’s school, and who now are dreaming of bigger things. “Our children will now get the education they deserve,” said Doreen Diaz, whose daughter attends Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto. “We are on the way to making a quality school for them, and there’s no way we will back down.”

It’s equally hard to feel confident that this story will have the ending Ms. Diaz and others envision.

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Equity, Learning, Organizational Change, Parenting

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Is It Really All About the Benjamins?

As both a former teacher and a MBA, I’m struck these days by two things: first, the ubiquity of “business thinking” in today’s education reform strategies; and second, the complete absence of the sort of business thinking we actually need to be heeding. Keep reading here . . .

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Assessment, Equity, Learning, Teacher Quality

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Education and… National Security

I see that President Obama listed education as a core aspect of his overall National Security Strategy. It reminds me of a great piece my former boss and mentor Charles Haynes wrote less than three weeks after the September 11 attacks. As Charles wrote: “Over the course of this long struggle, the most effective answer […]

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Democracy, First Amendment, Learning, Voice

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Privatization or Public-ization?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the growing support for a privatization of America’s public school system, and what it augurs over the long haul. Typically, that’s as far as the conversation gets before breaking down into myopic talking points that force people to pledge allegiance to one of two camps: these days […]

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Equity, Learning

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

What Would Theo Do?

I’m a lifelong Red Sox fan, so as this year’s trading deadline approaches, I’m wondering once again what Theo Epstein, the GM of my beloved Boston Red Sox, will do to improve his team’s chances of winning their third championship in six years — after not winning one for eighty-six. I’m also a lifelong public […]

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Assessment, Learning

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Will We Do What it Takes to Improve Public Eduication?

Want to imagine a different path to improving public education in this country? Take my 15-minute challenge.

Continue reading…

Pin It
Categories: Assessment, Equity, Learning, Teacher Quality, Voice

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a comment
  • Read Sam’s Books