Good schools aren't forced to treat children as standardized objects. They don't expect all teachers to practice in exactly the same way. Human beings are not widgets, and this will never be a successful process.
Since joining the Getty Museum in 2008 as assistant director for education, Toby Tannenbaum has expanded its efforts to get contemporary artists involved in education projects. The most recent, Open Studio, is a set of free, online art lesson plans
Mayor Bloomberg's plan to publish the "ratings" of teachers is one more example of the public humiliation many of New York City's best teachers have to endure for "educational reform." What if doctors were treated like this?
The educational problems featured in recent documentaries are real. How different they are shows how increasing inequality has affected the educational system, family life, and childhood socialization.
A skilled teacher has an expansive set of instructional tools to which he can turn. It is not, however, merely knowing different instructional approaches, it is being able to match those to the needs of the students in front of you.
Seniors embody a vast reservoir of skills, talent and wisdom that we gratuitously salute but do not harness for productive roles. How can seniors save American education and insure a 21st century-ready workforce?
Folks all over the nation seem to be getting wise to the Waiting for Superman propaganda, and getting mad about the lies and manipulation Arne Duncan and Friends are using to destroy the very foundation of democratic public education.
I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.