Dispatches from the Front
Russ on Reading goes to the Network for Public Education Conference in Austin, Texas
I am feeling so fortunate to be here in Austin with so many passionate advocates for public education. There is literally a public education hero around every corner. Today I met superstar superintendent John Kuhn, author of Test and Punish, which I reviewed here. In one session I sat next to Karen Lewis, charasmatic president of the Chicago Teachers Union. In another session I got to meet and talk for a few moments with long time child and school advocate Deborah Meier. I had a morning conversation with blogger and teacher Anthony Cody who writes the Living in Dialogue blog for Education Week. I traded tweets with the wonderfully witty blogger Edushyster.
I haven't been among a gathering of this many passionate progressives since I marched in the Moratorium Against Vietnam in 1969.
The best quote of the day came from John Kuhn in his fiery keynote address: "Our kids education shouldn't be a sandbox for rich people."
Kuhn's speech was full of such trenchant fare including, "The purpose of