The Long Shadow

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Honest conversations about education reform generate more questions than answers.

click to enlarge Are charter schools the answer to what ails poor children? What will it take to turn low-performing schools around? How can public schools best prepare disadvantaged students for college and careers?

To those queries, allow me to add another: What if we’re asking the wrong questions? Is it possible that what happens in classrooms doesn’t matter nearly as much as education reformers say it does?What if it’s not public schools that need fixing? What if the problem is hyper-segregated neighborhoods and a job market riddled with race and […]