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March 30, 2017

Education

How Much Choice Can You Handle?

So. Betsy DeVos will be our new Secretary of Education. Every educator I know is freaked out about the fact and what it portends for public education in this country. Will she use her power to divert public moneys to private and religious schools? (Definitely.) Will she preside over the complete dismantling of the Department

The View from SXSW: Finding Innovation, Optimism, and Passion in Education

“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.” Annie Dillard The South by Southwest Education conference just wrapped up, and I thought I’d take a moment to share some notes and thoughts for anyone who might be interested. Before registering, I hadn’t

Connecting the Dots: From the Mission to the Mundane in Schools

At one of Catapult Learning’s recent regional leadership conference, I spent some time with principals and teacher-leaders from our partner schools. We talked about the importance of connecting the dots from the school’s vision and mission to its values, and then all the way down to the daily tasks that each member of the school

Rewriting History

Okay, NOW I’m pissed off. We should not teach lies in our nation’s history. In Texas 5 million kids will be using new textbooks this fall based on revised curriculum which all but ignore racial segregation, do not mention the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws… and state the American Civil War was caused by “sectionalism,

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