6 Responses to “living in fantasyland”

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everytime i read something you write about education, i get discouraged. students are stuck in a world where not even the best intentions are doing anything worth a damn.

alliemarien said in October 17th, 2009 at 13:53

You say: “. . .students are stuck in a world where not even the best intentions are doing anything worth a damn.

Some would say this is true of many, not just students. i’ve never seen facing reality as discouraging though. It’s the alternative–choosing to live in denial when you know you are going through the motions–that is really discouraging.

radicalteacher said in October 17th, 2009 at 21:20

“That is why the whole dialogue about education has become focused on the test. No child left behind means left behind on the grading scale. Period.”

That is unfortunately true, but I thought higher education wasn’t held to that standard? The funny thing is that No Child Left Behind has increased teaching to the test but it hasn’t increased scores. Even if that was a true measure of learning, you would think that years of something not working would be enough to stop doing it!

Why wouldn’t schools of higher education, especially private institutions, happily disassociate themselves with something that obviously has had somewhere between no effect and a negative effect on schools?

b.e. said in October 18th, 2009 at 16:14

Thankfully, most of higher education continues to resist this idiocy. Schools of business are another matter. This whole insanity of “teaching to the test,” after all, is a business model of education.

radicalteacher said in October 21st, 2009 at 8:47

Have you seen this article from a couple months ago? Brings up many of the same concerns that you mentioned: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2009/09/0082640

b.e. said in October 21st, 2009 at 18:26

i had not seen this, thanks much b.e.!

radicalteacher said in October 26th, 2009 at 22:09

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