First, Kill All the School Boards

Matt Miller, The Atlantic, Jan 25, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

First of all, Canada has school boards, and it performs well in international evaluations, so it seems unlikely that the school boards are the problem. Second, invoking Prussia as a model of school reform invites objections that would run perilously close to Godwin's Law. Why raise 100 year-old comparisons when better models are so close at hand? Of course, such models do not involve either standards-based education nor top-down national control. Rather, what we see are strong public school systems, equitable funding, and local management within provincial frameworks. Via Tim Lauer.
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