Peter Cunningham

A Few Comments on Comments

On the evening of Monday, September 1, we launched Education Post calling for a new and better conversation around ways of improving public education. We allow comments on our blog, and as standard practice dictates, we moderate them to remove those comments that are offensive, off-topic or include personal attacks. Today, you can see the dialogue sparked by my first blog. We created this non-profit organization because the national debate around education is increasingly focused on something other than results for children. People who agree 80 percent of the time end up obsessing over areas of disagreement. Some comments get personal and issues get lost. Exceedingly negative comments discourage reasonable people from contributing. As for the issues themselves — whether it is standards, accountability or charters — we are driven by results, not ideology. If something is working we should keep it and replicate it. If it isn’t, we will fight to change it. Our only goal is to move us beyond the false choices and name-calling that often undermine the national debate. We want to create a place where people from across the spectrum can have a meaningful conversation about education. That’s what educators, parents and the American people want. It’s certainly what they deserve.
Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as Assistant Secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard ...

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