Monthly Archives: December 2012

Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 8: Wendy Kopp

Links to the rest of this series here My ‘open letter’ series culminates with this letter to the founder of Teach For America, Wendy Kopp.  I suppose that I’ve ‘known’ Wendy for twenty-one years as I first spoke to her … Continue reading

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The Silence Of The (Sacrificial) Lambs

Of the nearly 6,000 new TFA corps members who have just completed half of their first year of teaching, very few have posted on teachforus about how their first years are going.  I think I’ve seen about five or six … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 7: Michelle Rhee

Links to the rest of this series here I first met Michelle Rhee, the reformer’s reformer, back in the summer of 1996.  At the time I was working for the TFA summer institute in Houston.  Though I was one year … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 6: Chris Barbic

Links to the rest of this series here Tennessee is one of the reformer hotspots.  The commissioner of Education there is a TFA alum, and Michelle Rhee’s ex-husband Kevin Huffman.  I know him a bit, too, but my letter will … Continue reading

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Open Letters FROM Reformers I Know. Part 1: Michael Johnston

Links to the rest of this series here Here is a response from Michael Johnston (I told you that I know these people!), the first response I’ve gotten from my open letters.  You can read my letter to him here. … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 5: Jon Schnur

Links to the rest of this series here Though I’ve complained for a few years that TFA alumni get more respect than they deserve, I’m also very aware that as an alum, myself, I too have benefited from my pedigree. … Continue reading

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Wendy Fails ‘The Giggle Test’

‘The Giggle Test’ is an expression coined in the late 1980’s.  As a lawyer contemplates whether or not to make a legal argument, he should avoid any argument that he won’t be able to make without immediately giggling afterwards.  A … Continue reading

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