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Institutional Commitment to Civic Education: Public Montessori Secondary Schools

By Katie Dulaney | Lakewood Montessori School Even as we hold schools increasingly accountable for student achievement, we rarely seem to judge schools for their performance in citizenship preparation, an inauspicious “accountability gap” for a democracy. -Michael Johanek and John Puckett, “The State of Civic Education” (2005) Education leaders across the political spectrum – from… Read More

A Second Chance for “Reading First”

By Susan Crawford | Director, The Right to Read Project As Congress progresses through its re-write of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), renamed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in the 2002 version, here is something for it to consider. NCLB contained a provision that might have enabled the full proficiency in math and… Read More

Moynihan and the Modern American Family at 50

By Gerard Robinson | Senior Fellow, CUNY Institute for Education Policy “The gap between the Negro and most other groups in American society is widening. The fundamental problem, in which this is clearly the case, is that of family structure.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1964) “If the misery of the poor be caused not by… Read More

In Defense of the City’s Selective High Schools

By Derrell Bradford | Mr. Bradford is the Executive Director, The New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN) There is a great deal of controversy and division around education policy in New York City and State. Few issues highlight the complex nature of these debates more than the enrollment composition of, and entrance requirements to, New… Read More

Let Them Eat Debt

By Gerard Robinson “S’ils n’ont pas de pain, qui’ls mangent de la brioche.” – “If they have no bread, let them eat cake.” Queen Marie Antoinette [ca. 1789] Thus spoke Queen Marie Antoinette in response to the peasants’ indignation about the scarcity and expense of bread in pre-revolutionary France. Scholars debate the authenticity of the… Read More

Close Reading and Far Imagining

By Mark Bauerlein | If you teach English in the deep South, as I do, the first line of Emily Dickinson’s poem #1068 doesn’t make much sense. Further in summer than the birds . . . It sounds poetic, to be sure, with the echoing “-er” sound, but what does it mean? None of the… Read More

An Open Letter On School Accountability

Below you will find the outline of some thoughts on educational accountability. The topic has become one of the central issues in contemporary reform efforts in American education, with particularly heated debate over efforts to measure the effectiveness of teachers through test scores as well as classroom observations. But the issue is wider than this,… Read More

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Moynihan and the Modern American Family at 50

By Gerard Robinson | Senior Fellow, CUNY Institute for Education Policy “The gap between the Negro and most other groups in American society is widening. The fundamental problem, in which this is clearly the case, is that of family structure.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1964) “If the misery of the poor be caused not by… Read More

An Open Letter On School Accountability

Below you will find the outline of some thoughts on educational accountability. The topic has become one of the central issues in contemporary reform efforts in American education, with particularly heated debate over efforts to measure the effectiveness of teachers through test scores as well as classroom observations. But the issue is wider than this,… Read More

Institutional Commitment to Civic Education: Public Montessori Secondary Schools

By Katie Dulaney | Lakewood Montessori School Even as we hold schools increasingly accountable for student achievement, we rarely seem to judge schools for their performance in citizenship preparation, an inauspicious “accountability gap” for a democracy. -Michael Johanek and John Puckett, “The State of Civic Education” (2005) Education leaders across the political spectrum – from… Read More