The editorial page of this morning’s Post discusses who should be the next Secretary of Education.
Obviously, that person will be “choosing new directions for American education” but will they be a “disrupter” or an “incrementalist”?
The different education factions of the party — those pushing for radical restructuring and those more wedded to the status quo — were each convinced during the campaign that Mr. Obama shared their particular viewpoints. So it is not clear whether Mr. Obama is leaning toward the “disrupters,” House education committee chairman George Miller’s approving description of the reformers, or the “incrementalists” who are allied with teachers unions.
Ok, I’m solidly in the disruptive camp in that our educational structure needs a complete shake up, possibly even to the point of completely tearing it apart and starting over.
Unfortunately, none of the candidates I’ve read about who are identified as “disrupters” are prepared to even start in that direction.
Most are still committed to the traditional concept of “school”, one in which the teacher dispenses information to students assembled in groups for a fixed period of time each day for a fixed number of days each year and all of whom have a goal of moving on to a traditional college.
And don’t forget the heavy layer of “assessment” (aka standardized testing).