Two worldviews on education reform emerge. One obsesses about curricular "coherence" in our nation's schools. The other seeks to unleash dynamism inside our K-12 education system. Thankfully, the two visions can be combined.
A few blocks from the White House, 35,000 children go to bed hungry every night, just a small fraction of America's growing number of children living in poverty. Where are their futures in the media show we have come to call educational reform?
In this day and age, attacking educators seems to be the norm, but I took notice last week when a blogger attacked me for a badly worded presentation concerning a Connecticut law designed to empower parents to improve their children's schools.
Schools do not teach what isn't going to be tested, and they do a bad job of teaching a subject when all that matters is the test score. Treat a human being as little more than a number, and the results are predictable.
There is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith (whatever that faith may be).
If non-educators continue to treat students like widgets and teachers like factory robots, measuring success by how many shoddy units get sold to Wal-Mart, we'll have cheating scandals in all 50 states.