As I listen to the discussion about reforming Education in the US, I am struck by certain contradictions. So, here is a list of what I have seen.
A. Educators insist nobody else but themselves can have valid ideas for reforming school.
B. Educators get mad when the public blames them for failures in the school system.
A. Diversity is almost universally accepted and even revered in the education community.
B. The education community won’t even listen to the arguments of people who are of different political views.
C. Charter schools and vouchers are rejected by most teachers.
A. Educators say they want each child to do their best.
B. We have an increasing emphasis on standardized testing that specifies what “their best” is.
A. It is widely accepted that each student learns in different ways and at different rates.
B. We give the students the same lesson and the same amount of time to complete it.
A. An ever increasing number of students have access to a vast amount of information via the Internet at home.
B. In most classrooms that access is cut off.
A. The amount of money spent on Education in the US has vastly increased over the last 30 years.
B. The students are not learning more.
A. Businesses say the number one skill their new hires need is critical thinking skills.
B. Nearly all test questions in school have only one right answer.
A. Outside of school, our students are more social than any generation in history.
B. In school, a mark of a good teacher is keeping the class quiet and ordered.
A. If you want to be an education reformer and want to make money doing it, Educators question your motives.
B. Al Gore and many others have made a pile of money with the global warming thing but their motives are pure.
A. College tuition is going up at 8% per year.
B. The Economy is growing at less than 2% per year. Wages have stayed flat for a decade.
I invite comments! Did I miss anything? Anyone disagree?