Thursday, May 14, 2009

What's Hurting American Education

by Andrew Gillen

Over at This Week in Education, John Thompson vents about the ills in the education world. He thinks that today's data-driven "reformers" (his scare quotes) are causing more harm than good and recalls fondly the good fight of yesteryear:
reformers of my generation want to protect today’s children from the uncontrolled "creative destruction" of the educational marketplace.
I went through the system designed by the reformers of yesteryear, and while being protected from "uncontrolled creative destruction," was continuously subjected to ossified idiocy.

Concerning creative destruction in education, the problem is not that there is too much, but that there is too little of it.

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