Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Single Best Thing I've Read About Education Reform This Year

Ronald Willit lists 14 things that are wrong with education.  Teachers and teachers unions make the list; however, he also gets to some other major problems that are equally, if not more, damaging.  My three favorites:
A corporate testing and textbook oligopoly, producing testing that bypasses genuine learning; now suspect of even rigging some testing to assure failures, to sustain the demand for tests and scoring.
Politicized state boards of education as a byproduct of the mashup of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and ideology, leaving even educationally aware departments caught between the U.S. Department of Education, state legislatures, and limited dollar resources and information to assert better strategies.
The political right wing’s sworn enemies of public education.

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