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But I am Pagliacci

A politician walks into a bar and says, “These kids just aren’t learning.” So the bartender says, “What are you gonna do?” And the politician says, “Send them somewhere else.” And the bartender says, “Like Finland?” But the politician says, “Nah – that would never work.”

Don’t Wait for Supermen: Foster Solutionaries

I wanted to share a recent post I wrote for Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here’s an excerpt from Don’t Wait for Supermen: Foster Solutionaries: “Three things happened this year in the world of education reform. The controversial documentary films Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere came out and became widely viewed and … Continue reading

Making Clear What Works: The Best Talk on the Finland Phenomenon Yet and What It Means For US

Education is a big conversation. The narrative is filled with buzz words: teacher accountability, AYP, NCLB, high-stakes tests, charter schools, and on and on. Sometimes it gets so heady and academic that I believe that no one truly understands what is being said anymore. The conversation has moved so far away from the basic interaction … Continue reading

The Finland Phenomenon – a film about schools

On Thursday night I saw the premiere of “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.” This is the latest film by Robert Compton, who perhaps best known for “Two Million Minutes.” Let me simply list the key takeaways from the film: 1. Finland does not have high stakes tests 2. Finland worked … Continue reading

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