The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has finally asked the question that I, along with other critics of the current teacher accountability reform movement, have been covering in this blog since its inception: How about better parents? His column, printed below in its entirety, will hopefully be the tipping point in shaping a more […]
With the spotlight starting to shift toward parent accountability in education, I have been asked to detail concrete ideas that would help establish good parenting foundations. Like some educators, I have broadly advocated for a parenting education program that begins as soon as the mother is pregnant. Specifically, a universal opt-out program, meaning that any […]
Public discussion of education overwhelmingly focuses on teachers, but the problem is that this perspective neglects a more important factor, that of the role of parents and the family. So why are all reform policies aimed squarely at schools and teachers? The broader picture is being missed.