Will has once again written a post that attracted a very active and thoughtful discussion, this time keyed off of his view that the low graduation rate in the US indicates that something is terribly wrong with our education system.
But there’s one small part of one of the comments that’s been buzzing around in my warped little mind all day.
Fixing education isn’t just about fixing schools or preparing teachers better, or giving more assessments. It is about turning around our entire society.
Is that even possible? Can we actually “turn around” our society?
Societies change over time, of course, but they tend to do so in ways that can’t necessarily be predicted, forced, or controlled.
And aren’t institutions like those responsible for educating children reflections of the needs and wants of the society?
Although I was once a history major, I really don’t know enough about this area of social studies to even attempt an answer to these questions. They may not even be the right ones to ask.
However, it seems to me that “fixing” our education system will depend more on us adapting our concept of teaching and learning to fit the world we have than it will on changing the world to fit our current concept of “school”.