Addicted to Reform

Who Are Schools For?

Not everyone watched John Merrow’s compelling news stories about education on the PBS News Hour prior to his recent retirement. According to Merrow’s 2017 book, Addicted to Reform, only 25 percent of American households...
City Kids: Transforming Racial

Building the Mosaic

Decades ago, David Dinkins, running for mayor of New York, described his city not as the melting pot it had been called for years but rather as “a gorgeous mosaic.” And nowhere is the...
Our Kids

Children Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come

As American social scientists go, few are more influential than Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor and author of the 2001 mega best seller Bowling Alone. When Putnam recently turned his attention to U.S. income...
Voices of Teens

Writing for Their Lives

Voices of Teens is one of those books that make the reader want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Laugh because it is a case study in the power of one teacher to inspire a...