Arne Duncan's Disruptive Innovation

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Americans love innovation. Such reverence we have for our start-up geniuses, rewarding them with vast fortunes and influence in matters beyond their ken.

Not for our babies. Developmental scientist Alison Gopnik refers to them as the “R&D department of the human species—the blue-sky guys, the brainstormers.” The role of adults: production and marketing. “Babies make the discoveries,” she has written, “and we implement them.” Yet we’re squashing this impulse so early.

This week, the Stanford Social Innovation Review posted to its digital edition an excerpt from “The Yin and Yang of Education Reform,” one . . . Read full article →

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Kindergarten Suspension: Eva Moskowitz Unmasked by John Merrow

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The other night, bleary-eyed from screens, I watched John Merrow pin Eva Moskowitz to the wall on PBS NewsHour. The veteran journalist tackled the question “Is Kindergarten too young to suspend a student?”

Be forewarned: this is one of those New York-centric stories. Eva Moskowitz, who heads up Success Academy, a network of charter schools that have proliferated like potholes all over town, recently announced that she would not challenge Bill de Blasio for mayor in 2017. She said she wanted to be a force for “transformational change” in education. A staunch proponent of school . . . Read full article →

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