J O A N . A L M O N The Politics of Play

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter 08/09  Five years ago, when the nonprofit Alliance for Childhood announced its campaign to restore imaginative, freely chosen play to children’s lives, at home and in school, we were told that “play” was a four-letter word. “Don’t use it,” said many of our friends. We thought about it, and […]

Obama’s pick for education secretary is disappointing

President-elect Obama has selected Arne Duncan for secretary of education. The choice is a disappointment. Although Duncan’s success with Chicago’s graduation rates is encouraging, it seems that the administration is still stuck in the standards movement, emphasizing test-scores and test-driven education. Duncan supports paying students for good grades. In the current issue of the Green […]