Wouldn't it be great if there were a guide for legislators to making useful education policy? Here it is.
March 2013 Archives
There is little evidence that actual learning--the useful kind that sticks--can be linked to some kind of Amazing Teacher Fairy Dust.
As a nation, we still have no clue, let alone consensus, about the purpose of public education. Is it building democratic equality? Job training? Credential collecting?
Something important is lost when kids assume that mom will always play backstop to any academic negligence.
When it comes to school mascots, however--and the ongoing lawsuit-based drive to rid high schools of their Native American/Tribal/American Indian mascots and nicknames--I find myself wondering if this battle isn't the elevation of form over substance.