Many consider Japanese primary and junior secondary level education to be exceptional, yet Manabu Sato believes the quality of his country's senior secondary and higher education is questionable.
I've been teaching for almost thirty years, and I don't know precisely when my colleagues and I became public enemy number one. But after reading Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch I'm getting a pretty good handle on why.
Ever pragmatists, this generation has been willing to consider any approach -- public, private, for-profit -- if it might dramatically improve the life outcomes of poor and minority children.
Education today is a terrible violation of every student's individuality and spirit. They are all cast in a formulaic worker-bee system designed to increase their value to the nation's workforce. Each student is unique; our goal should be helping them.
Whether or not one has a religion is not important. What is important is to recognize that the majority of people in the world do practice a religion -- and that their beliefs can be a force for good as well as evil.
As we celebrate Grandparents Day, to us it's no coincidence that it's the same time as the beginning of the school year. Grandparents are here to help us get the American education system back on track.
Given the new -- and continually changing -- types of skills currently in demand, it is not clear what the ideal path is for high school graduates. But what does seem clear is that we need an expanded conception of what constitutes higher education.
Think Copernicus and the heliocentric theory. Think democracy. And think back to when school was first mandated. The masses all said, "No way. Ain't gonna happen." What do you think? What would a school in the cloud look like?
Unless they find the courage to get specific about core content, the incoherence and inequity of our schools will persist.
One of the biggest problems in education reform today is that many of the initiatives to improve the public education system are done from an "outside-looking in" perspective. Our most admirable education reformers have never attended or gone through an inner-city public school themselves.
How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?
I cherish uncommon children who dye their hair purple, ask uncomfortable questions and solve problems in ways that I'd never considered. The world needs more artists, eccentrics, rebels and dreamers, not more cookie cutter adults.
It's the beginning of another school year, a time of hope, renewal and fresh starts. Let's keep this spirit of anticipation and aspiration alive by offering a rigorous and relevant educational experience, especially for those whose prospects are limited. We all have a stake in this, our future depends on it, and our young people deserve nothing less.
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I am a child of immigrants who came to the United States with next to nothing. When I was twelve, my father suffered from a stroke and has not been able to work since.