Since I have taken the NYT and its Room for Debate to task for the near absence of teachers’ voices in mainstream media examinations of education, I think I must highlight this Room for Debate: Is Improving Schools All About Money?
Two classroom ELA teachers, Nicole Amato and Yvonne Mason, offer excellent perspectives, and Lisa Delpit provides a powerful argument as well:
- A Lack of Resources for Many Classrooms, Nicole Amato
- Hire More Teachers, Decrease the Class Size, Yvonne Mason
- Can We Put Money to Better Use?, Lisa Delpit
But the media also sees no problem with Daniel Willingham, psychologist, posing as a reading expert.
So I want to acknowledge that the NYT has given some space, but there is still much ground left to cover.