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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Hooray for Roger Schank!

Roger is my hero. Check out his latest article.

My favorite part...

I have an idea. Why not just keep the federal government out of the education business and simply leave schools alone? Educators have enough trouble fighting the silly standards that colleges impose upon them without having to put up with whatever version of accountability you choose to proffer after your election.

There are three reasons why this won't happen
  1. There is too much money to be made in education. Yes, you heard me right.
  2. Politicians send their kids to private schools, so what do they care if the public schools stink? As a matter of fact, it is to the politicians advantage if the public schools fail...less competition for their kids/grandkids.
  3. The public, those who vote (and don't vote), doesn't know how many of their rights have been stolen from them by their elected officials. The voting public doesn't know and doesn't care, because they really believe their kids' school is fine. Accountability should be from the students as much as from the teachers. Where in NCLB, or anything else the government will ever devise, does it say "Parents are required to read to their children 20 minutes a night until the child is 10." Where does it say, "Parents and children will spend 30 minutes a night creating some form of communique for public consumption...writing, video, speeches, etc."

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