Indeed, if our country is going to move forward successfully, it’s going to be more from the parents–than the schools. An excellent op-ed.  As an immigrant, a former teacher, an always parent and citizen, a current attorney who works for public schools–I know that it’s about time to get the parents (and next, the kids) at the responsibility table.  Education will not happen without that.  If they don’t get there soon, it will indeed be a very very scary world for us.

Thank you, Thomas Friedman.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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