Adrienne Rich: Artist of the Possible

In late November of 2003, I sat on the floor in a crowded luncheon just a few feet and slightly behind Adrienne Rich, speaking and reading her poetry at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, held that year in San Francisco. Appropriately, Rich was reading from her upcoming collection, The […]

Universal Public Education Is Dead (Expanded)

The National Education Association (NEA) received criticism for publishing an Op-Ed with Teach for America (TFA). Ken Bernstein found the piece to be “unbelievable,” while raising the possibility that union members felt betrayed. Anthony Cody first responded with “I just don’t get it,” and then raised this question: “I wonder how it is possible to […]

How Do Teachers Matter? Not as Cause Agents But as Learning Opportunities

Lost in the exaggerated claims of “bad” teachers being at the core of all that ails education and the concurrent calls for greater teacher accountability, often linked to student test scores, is a careful consideration of why we have universal public education in a free society and what the role of the teacher is within […]

Celebrity "Common Sense" Reform for Education-Legend of the Fall pt. VI

What’s wrong with universal public education in the U.S.? If we are to believe the new reformers and the growing list of celebrity commentators and education hobbyists, the failures include the corrosive influence of teachers unions, “bad” teachers, and an entrenched status quo that those unions and teachers cling to for personal gain. And where […]

The Great Accountability and "World-Class Workforce" Scam

“Hello. We’re the ones who control your lives. We make the decisions that affect all of you. Isn’t it interesting to know that those who run our lives would have the nerve to tell you about it in this manner? Suffer, you fools. We know everything you do, and we know where you go. What […]

Democracy Privatized!

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