Wednesday, August 18, 2010

17 August 2010 Op-Ed at OEN

Reconsider Education "Miracles"


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[3] Shulman, R. (2009, August 2). Harlem program singled out as model. The Washington Post.

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[6] Freire, P. (1998). Pedagogy of freedom: Ethics, democracy, and civic courage. Trans. P. Clarke. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., p.110.

[7] Pallas, A. (2009). Just how gullible is David Brooks? New York: Gotham Schools. Retrieved May 8, 2009, from

[8] See

[9] Whitman, D. (2008, Fall). An appeal to authority. Education Next, 8(4). Retrieved 29 June 2009 from ; Landsberg, M. (2009, May 31). Spitting in the eye of mainstream education. Los Angeles Times online. Retrieved 29 June 2009 from,0,6482403.story

[10] Ravitch, D. (2009, May 12). What the “Harlem Miracle” really teaches. Bridging Differences blog. Education Week. Retrieved 27 December 2009 from

[11] Dobbie & Fryer.