What would George, TJ, Abe, Teddy, Ike, and the gang say?
Past presidents might not be too happy with the current state of education.
Photo by William Andrus.
This is not the time for federal intervention is what they
would say. But I would imagine most of our great presidents would be somewhat
appalled by the barnacled bureaucracy that now counts as our public education
system. I would love to hear what they had to say about these four recent
to be missed. Scot Simon’s report for National Public Radio on Kansas City’s failed school system is a needed reminder
about the delusional thinking of those who defend the current American public
education system. K.C. is part of a long-line—think Detroit, Newark, Chicago,
New Orleans—of failed city school systems.
One simply cannot take the attacks on school reformers seriously when
seen through the prism of reports like Simons’.
Common Core. This is a
wonderful symposium by Fordham's Ohio team about the meaning of the Common Core and how to
implement it. See also Education
Next’s debate on the math part
of the CCCS. And, of course,
always interesting, if somewhat predictable, is Jay
Greene’s take: here come the commies.
want to know where we went wrong? You need go no farther than Valerie Strauss’s bizarre “seven myths about
how students learn.” First myth:
“Basic Facts Come Before Deep Learning.”
This piece should be read and studied as the seven reasons American
schools are in such distress. Even
the normally temperate Joanne Jacobs
takes a few good swipes at Strauss.
federalism. Though this essay by Bruce Katz at Brookings is about remaking
the American economy, it has some lessons for our education governance
folks. “Given global competition,
the next president should adopt a vision of collaborative federalism,” writes
Katz. Though not as sensible as Koret’s
recent suggestions or Checker and Mike’s “too manycooks, too many kitchens” take, I like Katz’s suggestion that “states and
metropolitan areas innovate where they should to design and implement bottom-up
economic [education?] strategies that fully align with their distinctive
competitive assets and advantages…”
P.S. And a tantalizing excerpt from Jefferson’s first inaugural address that
may provide some orienting purpose in these times: