I should know better than to take “just one quick look” at my RSS aggregator when I should be sleeping.
Will links to and comments on an article from The Atlantic suggesting that the first step to true education reform would be to kill all the school boards.
And that certainly caught my attention.
The writer makes the point that our system of local control of education is a throwback to Colonial days and that it is pretty much impossible to change anything when you leave it up to administrators in 130,000 individual districts.
I’ve only skimmed his arguments but I find myself drawn to the idea of a national curriculum and one set of educational goals and policies.
It sounds good… until you realize such an approach has already given us No Child Left Behind.
Exchange control by local boards of education, the majority of which are ineffectual at best, for a national system that drastically narrows the curriculum and substitutes continuous testing for actual learning?
I’ll have to sleep on that Catch-22.