Idealism that Blinds: Facing Social and Educational Inequity

One aspect of the education reform debate that persistently gives me pause is the claim that the top students are being short-changed in U.S. public education—specifically due to disproportionate time and money being spent on struggling students. I have attempted to address this argument both seriously and satirically, but each approach has brought primarily defense […]

Lessons in Education from South Carolina?

My home state of South Carolina has achieved a regrettable pop-culture status as the focus of recurring jokes on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. But as I discussed in a scholarly piece in the late 1990s, criticism of SC is not uncommon; in fact, part of my discussion over a decade ago centered on candidates […]