This week, I’ve read two excellent pieces on school reform issues that I thought I’d share with readers.

One is titled Superhero School Reform Heading Your Way:Now Playing in Newark, NJ by Stan Karp, an editor at Rethinking Schools, one of my favorite magazines. As regular readers know, I’ve had my own concerns about what’s happening Newark.

Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post wrote What Tom Friedman got wrong about schools and why it matters. New York Times columnist Friedman wrote a pretty weird column on schools last week, and Valerie analyzes it thoroughly.