Getting Teacher Professionalism Right: Notes for the Biden Administration Years ago, Finland closed down its nearly 50 teacher preparation programs and opened eight new ones in its research universities. In one stroke, it had limited who would become teachers in Finland to those high school students...

What Comes Next? I think of this as the poisoned election, one in which Americans with utterly different views of history and of the future are afraid that the other side will so poison our politics as to threaten what they value most in their way...

Teaching First Grade in the Shadow of COVID-19 My daughter-in-law Stephanie is a veteran first-grade teacher. If you close your eyes and dream of the teacher you would like your grandchildren to have as they begin their years in school, you would be dreaming of Stephanie:...

COVID-19 and Our Schools: The Real Challenge When the full scope of the COVID-19 crisis became clear earlier this year, most states shut down their schools for a few weeks, hoping that the crisis would pass quickly. Colleges and universities did the same. Now schools are...

Race in America 2020 There were slaves from Africa in the American colonies in the early 1600s.  When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, more than a hundred years later, with its simple, clear and inextinguishable phrase about all men being created equal, he owned...