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?
There's long been evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of certain classroom management strategies, most of which require the teacher to exercise firm control. But how many interrupt the discussion to ask what is meant by "effectiveness"?
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.
Bill Gates says that his $5 billion experiment in education has not failed. Gates also claims that he trusts in science. That prompted me to reread the National Academy of Sciences' analysis of the failure of test-driven accountability.
It is a result of the situational ethics of today's accountability hawks. The end, of helping poor children, is used to justify disgusting means -- the intimidation of adults to the point where some break under the pressure.
School reform has been the flavor of the month for quite a few months now. However, what we have seen has not been discussion or debate about what constitutes sound reform, but rather debate by headline.
The root of the word "foundation" means "discovered." It would be nice if foundations learned that their job was to discover solutions instead of trying to invent and push their agenda on the rest of us.