The Answer Sheet: Marion Brady


Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Has American education peaked?

Educator Marion Brady argues that our current reform road will do nothing to fix our school system, and he offers a way to imagine real alternatives.

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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Standardized snake oil -- Brady

Educator Marion Brady writes: "Consider as failing every school – public, charter, private, whatever – that assumes that corporately produced, standardized tests say something important about something important."

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/11/2010

De-legitimizing public education

The quality of American education is going to get worse. Count on it. And contrary to the conventional wisdom, the main reason isn’t going to be the loss of funding accompanying economic hard times. Educator Marion Brady explains why.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Are we still capable of educating for 'us-ness?'

Educator Marion Brady writes: Maintaining a viable democracy requires an educated citizenry willing, able, even eager, to talk about matters like these, matters having to do with who we are as a people, why we do the things we do, and where we’re headed. Those conversations require at least some understanding of the past, national character, economics, politics, government, science, religion, and so on-intellectual tools that allow us to trace the trends of our era, the curves of history, the causes and consequences of change. Those were the kinds of conversations thoughtful educators used to try to encourage ... Now, not so much."

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/22/2010

Are charter schools really innovative?

A key school reform is driven by an assumption that charter schools are wellsprings of new ideas. Unfortunately, with rare exceptions, that’s not the case, writes educator Marion Brady.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/24/2010

How ed reformers push the wrong theory of learning -- Brady

A veteran educator and curriculum expert explains why today's education reformers are operating under the wrong theory of learning.

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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/12/2010

Dogs: An unusual guide to school reform

Marion Brady writes that if we want to look at how to reform schools, we should look at dogs.

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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Primer for ed reformers (or, it’s the curriculum, stupid!)

A curriculum expert says school reformers are ignoring this truth: "I say the familiar “core curriculum” in use in America’s schools and colleges is a problem-plagued, dysfunctional,19th Century relic that fits the 21st Century about as well as the first Model T Ford fits into I-75 traffic." And here's how to fix it.

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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/30/2010

Are ed reformers ignoring American values?

By Marion Brady. Perhaps most curious of all is the present education reform effort’s disregard for deep-seated American values. With the possible exception of Australia, no other country matches America in professed admiration for the non-standard person....Why, then, is there near-universal enthusiasm for national standards?

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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/17/2009

BRADY: When captains of business and industry ‘hijacked’ education--and teachers let them

By Marion Brady. "We have met the enemy, and he is us," said Pogo. We educators should make the wise little opossum from Walt Kelly’s comic strip our mascot. The single worst shoot-yourself-in-the-foot act that contributed to our loss of control of education reform happened about 20 years ago. That’s when leaders of business and industry, convinced that educators either didn’t know enough or didn’t care enough about educating the young to be trusted, hijacked our profession. And we let them.

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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/04/2009

Brady: The one reason Duncan's 'Race to the Top' will fail

When "Race to the Top" fails, as it will, the main reason won’t be any of those currently being advanced by the corporate interests and politicians now running the education show. It won’t fail because of lack of academic rigor, poor teaching, weak administrators, too-short school year, union resistance, differing state standards, insufficient performance incentives, sorry teacher training, or lingering traces of the early-20th Century Progressive movement. It will fail primarily for a reason not even being mentioned by leaders of today’s reform effort.

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