Sept. 21, 2017
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Bigger than School

Why the perfect school system is out of reach—and always will be

School Reformed It’s been five years since SFR published my first column. I wrote about Brandon Brown, a former student of mine who walked across the graduation stage at Monte del Sol Charter School, received his diploma to ...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Seth Biderman

Pick the Best Answer

Rethinking parent choice for standardized tests

School Reformed There’s a lot of talk these days, in the world of public education, about “parent choice” and “parent empowerment.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Seth Biderman


Why school reform begins with us

School Reformed Our public school system, after all, is just a vessel, guided by the values of the community in which it sails.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Seth Biderman

The Parent’s Dilemma

How much do you believe in public schools?

School Reformed My wife and I find ourselves confronting a tricky dilemma: Though I believe in the principle of free public education, I’m not feeling good about sending our 4-year-old daughter to the neighborhood public sch...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Seth Biderman

Safe and Sound

Where school safety and sound education meet

School Reformed It’s a terrifying statistic, and not only for those of us who send our children to school every day, but also for the educators and lawmakers who hold the professional and moral responsibility of keeping our ...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Seth Biderman

The Schools Push Back

The next step is pushing forward

School Reformed On Dec. 17, in response to state and federal demands that our schools pull themselves up by their bootstraps with a new battery of student tests and teacher evaluations, our local school board pushed

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Seth Biderman

What Word?

Keeping the teacher in teaching by resisting the script

School Reformed A local elementary school teacher recently showed me the new manual she has been asked to use to teach reading to her students. I flipped it open and found a column of words, followed by these instruc

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Seth Biderman

Preferring Not To

Melville and the teacher’s dilemma

Opinion Bartleby is a gray-eyed law clerk who shows up in Herman Melville’s short fiction in the 1850s. When he’s first hired, Bartleby does his copying work with great efficiency. But then one day, on being asked ...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Seth Biderman

The Dance

The child and the curriculum

Opinion It was around this time of year in 2008 that a young man named Julian Martinez enrolled at Monte del Sol Charter School, where I was then dean of students...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Seth Biderman

In the Flow

Rethinking NM’s teacher evaluation plan

Opinion Citing our children’s continued inability to choose the right bubbles on multiple choice tests, Gov. Susana Martinez...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Seth Biderman
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