Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: What Education Reformers Don't Get Edition

I'm struck by the fact that the biggest things I believe about education are not practical, theoretical or even pedagogical. They're more spiritual than anything else: the notion of kids as both amazing and broken, the idea of humility as the best method of leadership, the notion of learning as a holistic process; being progressive and hopeful and yet respecting the voices of the past.
Nearly every education reform, including Referred Law 16 begins with the premise that kids are means to make rich people richer. The people proposing them are arrogant enough to believe that they know more about students than people who have been in the classroom for decades. They believe that students need know only what's on the test that Pearson or some other textbook company publishes. The past matters only when it doesn't confront reformers with the truth: the virtue in most request is conformity.

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