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Political Theory


o   "Children learn best when engaged in the living world not on screens." Aeon, August 2, 2018.

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o   Why rule by the people is better than rule by experts.” Aeon, October 18, 2017. Albanian

o   Stuck on one idea of truth or beauty? Rhizomes can help.” Aeon, May 9, 2017. Persian.

§  Republished as “Why you have to put up with Jargons.” The Indian Economist, May 20, 2017.

o   Not all things wise and good are philosophy.” Aeon, September 13, 2016. Turkish Portuguese Chinese

o   In praise of Dewey.” Aeon, July 28, 2016. Hebrew

o   Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy.” Aeon, June 2, 2016. Japanese Chinese

§  Republished as “How Teaching ‘Grit’ is Making the US a More Authoritarian Nation.” Alternet, August 27, 2017.

§  Republished as “Teaching children grit could risk turning them into amoral jerks.” Quartz, September 17, 2016.

K-12 Education Policy




o   "Why read slowly?" Phi Delta Kappan, January 2, 2019.

o   "‘Fortnite’ teaches the wrong lessons." The Conversation, October 12, 2018.

o   Interview: WFUV

o   "Philanthropy And The End Of Teacher Autonomy." HistPhil, June 11, 2018.

o   "Por que os padrões nacionais de educaćčo sčo uma má ideia." Patio (Brazil), March/May 2017. English

o   Corporate education reform goes global.” Al Jazeera America, January 26, 2016. Chinese

o   Education Reform and Asian Values.” E-International Relations, December 24, 2015. Chinese

o   For Pearson, Common Core is private profit.” Al Jazeera America, March 24, 2015. Chinese

o   Don’t Make a Mountain out of PISA Scores.” Al Jazeera America, January 22, 2015.




o   "How Gates Foundation’s push for ‘high-quality’ curriculum will stifle teaching." The Conversation, January 28, 2019.

o   "Curbing PARCC test won't improve Md. education." Baltimore Sun, September 19, 2018.

o   "Why Trump’s proposal to merge the departments of Labor and Education should fail." Salon, July 3, 2018.

o   "Time to Ditch the SAT." US News & World Report, April 13, 2018.

o    Betsy DeVos said Common Core was ‘dead’—it’s not.” The Conversation, March 26, 2018.

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o   Does Public Education Have a Future?” LA Review of Books, December 16, 2017.

o   District Leaders Must Empower Parents in Trump’s America,” AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Winter 2017.

o   Congress and Obama feign a course correction on testing.” Al Jazeera America, December 8, 2015. Chinese

o   Democratic Party elites have abandoned public education.” Al Jazeera America, August 21, 2015. Chinese

o   "Hillary Clinton Has a Common Core Problem." Al Jazeera America, July 8, 2015. Chinese

o   "The False Promise of Core Knowledge." Huffington Post, July 7, 2015.

o   "The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route." Huffington Post, June 23, 2015.

o   "Cassandra in Little Rock." Hannah Arendt Center, May 18, 2015.

o   Thinking in School.” Hannah Arendt Center, January 19, 2015. Italian

o   David Coleman’s Plan to Destroy Education.” Al Jazeera America, December 5, 2014.

o   Common Core Betrays the Civil Rights Movement.” Truthout, November 5, 2014.

o   College Board Shouldn’t Monopolize How US History is Taught.” Al Jazeera America, October 7, 2014.

o   Who Should Know that Your Child Daydreams?” The Homeschool Handbook, July/August 2014.

o   5 Reasons Homeschoolers Need to Fight Common Core.” The Homeschool Handbook, May/June 2014.

o   "Why Common Core Tests Are Bad." CNN, April 23, 2014. Chinese

o   "Common Core Standards Widen the Opportunity Gap." Al Jazeera America, April 7, 2014. Chinese

o   Why are Parents Revolting Against the Common Core? Start with the English Curriculum.” Huffington Post, January 16, 2014.

o   Forging Coalitions to Stop the Common Core.” The Contemporary Condition, December 12, 2013.

o   The Problem with The Common Core Math Standards.” Huffington Post, October 31, 2013.

o   "Ravitch to the Rescue." Huffington Post, September 16, 2013.

o   The Common Core and National Security.” Huffington Post, July 3, 2013.

o   Bill Gates Should Not Micro-manage Our Schools.” SchoolBook, May 17, 2013.

o   Do We Need a Common Core?” Huffington Post, May 7, 2012.

New York


o   "Regents should turn down PR grant from Gates Foundation." The Journal News, December 11, 2018.

o   "New York's flawed ESSA plan would punish schools for opt outs." Journal News, June 20, 2018.

o    New education standards just a PR campaign.” Journal News/USA Today, September 18, 2017.

o   NYS Regents must reject renamed Common Core standards.” Journal News, August 31, 2017.

o   New York’s ESSA plan leads back to Common Core testing.” Journal News, June 6, 2017.

o   Opt-out movement continues as state keeps pushing tests.” Journal News, March 20, 2017.

o   Corporate science standards not best for school.” Journal News, December 19, 2016.

o   Common Core and education commissioner must go.” Journal News, November 14, 2016.

o   Fix Common Core.” Journal News, October 21, 2015.

o   "Cuomo's Misguided Teacher Evaluation Plan." Journal News, June 8, 2015.

o   Why We’re Refusing the Comon Core Tests.” Journal News, January 24, 2015.

o   Smart Schools Bond a Bad Investment.” Journal News, September 1, 2014.

o   Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core.” Huffington Post, May 16, 2014.

o   The Regents Aren’t Listening to Parents About the Common Core.” Huffington Post, February 25, 2014.

Higher Education Policy


o   The College Scorecard: What Would Leo Strauss Say?” The Weekly Standard, September 22, 2015.

o   There is No Such Thing as Free Community College.” Al Jazeera America, August 3, 2015.

o   "College Ratings and the Idea of the Liberal Arts." JSTOR Daily, July 8, 2015.