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Deconstruct this (Mr. President) 

Diane Ravitch, in Education Week:  "Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?" "Deconstruct this," she says. Granted, Ravitch is at least more interesting since her about-face. And pointing out the irony/hypocrisy of Presidential rhetoric in the face of policy is perhaps a good start. Likewise her grasp of the territory (and …

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Occupying Academe 

Sitting here, late at night, in a tower of Academe, I am writing about the occupation of Wall Street, thinking about how the trope of "occupation" has found such a strong resonance. I imagine it is in no small part because we have been raised on the images of education. Not the images within education, …

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“Race from the Bottom” 

Question: What do you get when you combine "No Child Left Behind" with "Race to the Top"? Answer: A "Race from the Bottom"? Perhaps. But if so, one in which the bottom itself must drop away. Imagine the scene in the movies where the bridge crumbles behind the heels of our racing hero. Otherwise s/he …

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A Flower in the Grim City 

OK, so I googled myself. But it was over breakfast, so maybe it's not so bad. I mean, it was down time. Google introduced me to an essay I had written a few years ago, and which made for a nice read to go with my coffee. Turns out, with this whole "internet" thing, the …

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