The Incredible Ridiculousness of Readiness

The subject line was irresistible: “Early Childhood Pushes Up.”  The Teachers College Record, a hotbed of radical critique, had delivered another gem to my inbox.  Here was a scathing commentary on Obama’s “Cradle-to-Career” education policy. “Wish you hadn’t moved to Australia,” I emailed Jeanne Marie Iorio, a senior lecturer at …

No Art Left Behind: Sustaining the Spirit of Children

Support for the arts has been steadily dwindling in the United States. Lots of competition out there for a slice of the multi-trillion-dollar American budget. And, besides, we’re too busy with more important stuff, aren’t we? But other, more enlightened views have held sway. Fifty years ago last September, Lyndon …