50 myths and lies about public schools

A book separates fact from fiction in the public education debate.

The misguided effort to teach ‘character’

Here is an excerpt from Mike Rose's expanded version of 'Why School?'

Key flaw in market-based school reform: a misunderstanding of the civil rights struggle

A misunderstanding of the history of the civil rights movement reveals one of the key flaws in the push for market-based educational solutions.

‘Change Without Reform in American Education’ — book excerpt

A look at what's changed and hasn't changed over several decades of school reform.

Beyond the education wars: A case study in collaboration

Here's a look at how labor and management in one school district found a path to work together.

An urban school district that works — without miracles or Teach For America

To listen to some school reformers, you'd think there are no urban traditional public schools that are successful. Here's a different story, excerpted from David Kirp's new "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System And A Strategy For America's Schools."

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.

Why some black families led the charge against school desegregation

In 2007, a court case filed in Louisville, Ky. was argued before the Supreme Court. The decision changed how American schools handle race and undermined the most important civil rights cases of the last century. In "Divided We Fail: The Story of an African-American Community that Ended the Era of School Desegregation," journalist Sarah Garland returns to Louisville, her hometown, to understand why black families in the most racially integrated school system in America led the charge against desegregation. Here's an excerpt.

A story of educational courage

This is an excerpt from a book called "Educational Courage," which profiles people working in support of public education against a tide of school reform that has turned out to be more destructive than helpful. It tells the story of a teacher who came to recognize how corporate-based reform was affecting what he did in the classroom and how he stopped a merit pay program at his school.

How Teach For America became powerful

How did Teach For America become such a powerful force in school reform? Here's a book excerpt that explains the birth and growth of Wendy Kopp's senior thesis project.

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