With all the pushback these days against standardized testing, and with so much talk about how kids from different backgrounds learn differently, you'd think we'd have a country sprinkled with schools that dedicate themselves to injecting the arts into education.
Exhortations for more "parental involvement" remind me of calls to be "a good citizen": In the abstract, everyone is for it. But inspected closely, what's most often meant by the term turns out to be considerably more complicated and even worthy of skepticism.
One buzzword that has persisted for decades is "outcomes," which nobly focuses on student performance. In theory measuring learning outcomes should be easy, but in truth, there are so many factors influencing outcomes that are beyond our control.