To strengthen our democracy as well as our education system, the country needs more small, self-governing community-based schools, argues Deborah Meier.
There was a time when corporate giving to schools was truly "charity" in the best sense. But now it appears to be setting the agenda for education.
Labeling others with whom we disagree don't help improve or increase student's learning. Labels may be convenient. They may make people using them feel better. But having witnessed this over forty years, I don't see how they help students.
The marketplace works for its purposes--deciding who will make a profit and who will not. Democracy is after an entirely different goal. Whether it's compatible, or even essentially partnered with democracy is arguable. But we need to take the profit motive out of are judging our fellow citizens--starting at birth.
Because of massive, widespread problems with Minnesota's testing program, learning has been disrupted in the past two weeks for thousands of Minnesota students. The state's testing program has failed, repeatedly. Pearson has a two- year contract with the Minnesota Department worth $33.8 million. It's time for them to pay for their poor performance.