Good Intentions, Ignorant Elites, and Scoundrels

Diane Ravitch, Bridging Differences, Nov 25, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't always agree with Diane Ravitch (no big surprise there) but I can muster only a hearty "amen!" to this: "We live in a dangerous and dark time for schools. In many districts, the gears of power are controlled by non-educators who don't have a clue. They madly embrace testing and data and data-driven instruction because they have not a single idea about how kids learn and how teachers teach and what conditions are necessary to promote teaching and learning. This new breed also populates some of our nation's leading think tanks. Most of them have never taught; have never been in a classroom since they were students; know nothing of the history of education and nothing about research, but they know how to fix the nation's schools."
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