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The Answer Sheet Archive: Sam Chaltain

The (D.C.) Odyssey, starring Rhee and Fenty

Sam Chaltain explains how D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and his schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, have been on a journey befitting Homer's Odyssey: "From the start, Fenty and Rhee have behaved as strangers in a strange land. In Fenty’s case, it was by turning a tin ear to many of the core supporters who had been most essential to his victory in 2006. With Rhee, it was by repeatedly making public comments that demonized the group most essential to her efforts – the city’s teachers."

By Valerie Strauss  | September 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Guest Bloggers, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  andrew rotherham and washington post, d.c. mayoral primary, d.c. schools, fenty and grey, fenty and race, rhee and fenty, will rhee stay or go?  
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Should Rhee stay or go?

Educator Sam Chaltain looks at the pros and cons of Rhee staying as D.C. schools chief as a decisive election approaches.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Guest Bloggers, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  d.c. election, d.c. schools, michelle rhee, rhee and d.c. schools, rhee and fenty, sam chaltain  
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Data, testing, accountability: The wrong words for reform

Language matters, and Sam Chaltain writes that we need to find new words to more accurately describe the changes we seek for children. Enough with data, testing and accountability.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  accountability and data, hamlet, sam chaltain, school climate, school reform  
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What Gandhi would think about “The Lottery”

Educator Sam Chaltain writes about why he felt like he had been "punched in the gut" after watching "The Lottery."

By Valerie Strauss  | July 6, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  charter schools, gandhi and buber, harlem success academy, harlem success academy and film, martin buber, sam chaltain, the lottery, the lottery and film  
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How to build real ‘American Schools’

The controversy over a school girl disciplined by her teacher for refusing to stand up or recite the Pledge of Allegiance threw a spotlight on the First Amendment and how little most of our schools do to educate young people to be smart, active citizens in American democracy. We talk a lot about the need for kids to be able to compete in the 21st century economy, but far less about how to create citizens capable of participating fully and smartly in our democracy’s civic life. Educator Sam Chaltain, in his new book, "American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community," tell us how.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 28, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Civics Education, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  democratic learning communities, first amendment  
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