A Harsh Look at Education?
- "If You Believe in Meritocracy, Fund State Universities" by Mark Yzaguirre with the title criticizes the the decrease in funding of state schools. Yzagurre starts by citing an interview of Harvard professor Todd Rose by the Boston Globe where Rose said, "We're supposed to be the country of [virologist] Jonas Salk, right? Jonas Salk's parents immigrated, and he went to the City College of New York, which doesn't charge tuition. We made that bet as a public: If you went to school on the taxpayers' dime, you could succeed. And then Jonas Salk cured polio, and he gave that cure away. The impact of that one innovation changed the world. So for me it's about, if our cure for cancer is probably a Latina sitting in a classroom in Oakland, how do we take advantage of this opportunity right now to reimagine the medium of public education, so that it doesn't come down to everyone fighting for smaller and smaller numbers of spots at Ivy League schools?"
- "After the Billionaires Kick Down Teachers and Students, Who Is Next?" by John Thompson talks about how reformers with the best intentions are actually harming the educational system. The problem as Thompson points out lies in a misplaced faith in numbers and market theories, believing that these tools can solve what is plaguing public school education.
- "Who Is to Blame?" by Randy Miller enumerates all the possible culprits behind a failing public school system and concludes that no one wants to admit guilt, but the reality is that there is no one to blame but the society when schools do not deliver.
"...In the past, these are the teachers who stayed, earned tenure, and built the solid framework that has served their communities and our nation well. That framework is being torn down, oftentimes by politicians who would never dream of sending their own children to the kind of schools they are mandating for others...."That last phrase is very important. Politicians who are not sending their own children to the kind of schools that they control need to be criticized. It is the least bloggers could do.
|Cartoon copied from Joanne Barkan's "Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy"|