Business and education

View image | gettyimages.com I was at the annual meeting of a local Chamber of Commerce last week and couldn’t help but be struck by the simplistic way in which business leaders talk about education reform. I am frustrated by the double standard adopted by the business community when it comes to shaping and, in […]

Reformers as parents: the early years

View image | gettyimages.com I have to admit being wryly amused these days after conversations with colleagues who have been on the “reform” side of education policy conversations over the last four years. The reason? Many of them are now parents whose children are getting ready to enter preschool or kindergarten. People whose day jobs […]

What college prep charters can do

View image | gettyimages.com College prep charter school models like KIPP began as middle schools.  The idea was to catch kids before they went to high school and to ensure that they were brought up to levels of proficiency in basic math and literacy.  In other words, these schools focused on academic remediation.  The fastest […]

Separate but equal? (redux)

My 7-year old son just started at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (RMSEL) in Denver this fall.  It is, as the name indicates, an expeditionary learning (EL) school model that is been recognized as one of the top-performing schools in the state.  One reason so many families enter the competitive lottery is the […]