Why do we let kids give up?

I hate it when a student drops my class. At my high school, the beginning of the year is a revolving door of adds and drops, as students try out different classes and re-evaluate the schedules they selected six months earlier, when they were feeling ambitious. This system has a lot of drawbacks — class…

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Racism isn’t debatable; it’s wrong

I generally try to avoid politics in my blog. When it comes to education issues, I do not fully agree with either the Democrats or Republicans (or the Libertarians, Socialists or any other party). To say that unions are good or bad or that Common Core is good or bad or that charter schools are…

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Spending our way to greater inequality

According to a massive research study described in last week’s Education Week (May 11), the wealthiest school districts in our country have the worst inequality. The Berkeleys, the Evanstons, and the Chapel Hills have the largest achievement gaps, while poor districts have the smallest. There are many causes — including student tracking, intra-district spending disparities, racism, family…

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We must help kids overcome the opportunity gap

The teenagers in our classes may not realize it, but they are on the verge of making one of the most important decisions of their lives: How will they develop their “human capital”? Our challenge is to make sure they understand how critical this is — and to help them make the best decisions possible.…

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