joel klein

Finland is the new black. Or so it would seem, from the many accolades increasingly heaped upon it by education experts, who tout Finland's treatment of teachers and education as a model of instructional progress.
You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's visit on Friday to a Brooklyn public school operated in partnership with IBM puts him, perhaps unwittingly, in the thick of a charged battle over education policy in the nation's largest school system.
I will not defend every school of education and every professor that works there, but I know we are not "the problem" with education in the United States.
As someone who has spent much of my life teaching, or writing about education issues, I thought, why not? It wasn't one of those polls where they were surreptitiously trying to sell me a product--or were they?
There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.