Affordable College is not a Luxury. It´s the Foundation of a Healthy Middle Class

I am a teacher today because the government of the United States of America invested in me. My country gave me money to go to college.…

Go to the Movies. Save a Life

Bully is game changing in the way we think about and act on childhood bullying. What changes is the belief that bullying is simply a case of Kids Will Be Kids. Children are dying, and this movie tells the truth…

Trabajadoras: A Union Voice for Working Women

I thought about the myth we’ve all comfortably believe: Today’s worker is protected from discrimination, exploitation and abuse. There are contracts and laws that protect today’s worker. It’s not like the bad old days of robber barons who treated their…

Four Warriors, Saving Lives and Directions to the White House

There are four children who just left my office in DC. They are actual warriors and so they would probably hate being called children, but teachers and parents can call their children “children” until they graduate and then get jobs…

The Good Doctor Seuss, Green Grinches, and a Lorax who Speaks for Trees

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and each year is another chance to celebrate a joy that goes beyond sounding out the word and improving one’s vocabulary. Teachers and college professors and school custodians and librarians and bus drivers will be reminding…

These Educators Deserve a Movie Deal

There are two stories to tell in Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania. One is a heroic story worthy of a book or movie deal. Chester Upland, a poor and predominantly minority district, is a long way from Hollywood, but…

Parent Involvement is Smart. Don’t Turn it Into Something Stupid

I wish I had had a chance to speak to the elected officials in Idaho. That I know of, they were not on drugs or drinking heavily when in answer to state legislation requiring incentives for teacher performance, some Idaho…

Lily On Assignment With CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

Thousands of schools across the country are in tremendous need of repair, remodeling, or replacement. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta tours a Pennsylvania public school with Lily Eskelsen and learns firsthand how indoor air quality issues affect student success. Schools like this…

An International Diane Ravitch Moment?

For more than ten long, empty, intellectually dry and dishonest years, we’ve lived under the insanity of No Child Left Untested. (Someone told me not to be so negative. Trust me. I’m holding back.) Children, especially poor children, have been…

And Now, About Those Mega-Rich Alleged Job Creators…

Any second-grader could do the math. The rich have been getting richer, and as tax breaks for big business and big wealth have exploded beyond reason, jobs here have been shrinking, not growing.…