Education has problems that cannot be whistled away: 7000 dropouts every school day; huge gaps in educational outcomes; and a teacher dropout rate that approaches 50% in five years. The rain may be gone but there are other obstacles in our way.
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.
Rahm Emanuel, the new Mayor of Chicago, walks out of an NBC interview when asked when asked what school he intends to enroll his children in. He intones: "My children are not an instrument of me being mayor." But everyone else's children are.
What can we do to get the people in charge to wake up to the importance of art, music, drama, journalism and even recess? They're all being cut in the name of 'academic rigor.' And that insane policy is hurting children and youth everywhere.