Your Family's Incredible Lifestyle Begins HERE – With Homeschooling
Sunday April 5th 2020

Sign up for The Good Ship Mom & Pop, Parent at the Helm's irregular and possibly irreverent FREE newsletter!

Books By Linda Dobson ArtofEdCover Books By Linda Dobson learning-coach-approach

Duncan’s Reforms Will Hurt Schools: Brady’s Christmas Gift for Homeschoolers

If you're new here, you can subscribe to our RSS feed, receive e-mails and/or sign up to receive our FREE monthly newsletter, The Good Ship Mom&Pop . Welcome aboard - thanks for visiting!

Today’s edition of EducationNews.org contains a guest blog titled “Duncan’s Reforms Will Hurt Schools.” Below I’ll share a few snips, but I urge you to visit the site, read in its entirety (there’s so much more!), comment if you are so moved, and share word of this with parents of school-aged children you know. Thank you, Mr. Brady, for a wonderful gift of clear thinking and honesty.

But start by accepting that what we're doing isn't working, it hasn't responded to a century of tinkering, it's at odds with democracy and human nature, and it costs far more than we can now afford.

But start by accepting that what we're doing isn't working, it hasn't responded to a century of tinkering, it's at odds with democracy and human nature, and it costs far more than we can now afford.

(snip)

American education, simply and emphatically, is on a wrong track.

As a vehicle for intellectual development, it began to slow down the day the young were pulled out of apprenticeships and other real-world learning experiences, put in rooms insulated from the real world, and made to sit, hands on desks, eyes front, mouths shut, being fire-hosed with facts.

The vehicle moved slower still starting in 1893, when the so-called “core curriculum” was adopted, narrowing the focus of study to math, science, language arts and social studies, and ignoring the integrated nature of knowledge.

It came to a stop and reversed when Congress mandated “No Child Left Behind.” “Race To The Top” will accelerate its backward movement.

(snip)

— Find out who each learner really is. It’s a mystery to me how a society can simultaneously sing the praises of individualism while forcing every kid down the same assembly line. For a tiny fraction of the cost of high-stakes subject-matter tests, every kid’s potential can be explored using inexpensive, off-the-shelf inventories of individual interests, abilities, personalities, and learning styles.

(snip)

Think my ideas are outrageous? Dream up your own. But start by accepting that what we’re doing isn’t working, it hasn’t responded to a century of tinkering, it’s at odds with democracy and human nature, and it costs far more than we can now afford.
A bit about Mr. Brady from his Web site: I began my career in education in 1952, teaching in a semi-rural high school in northeastern Ohio.  Since then I’ve taught at every level from 6th grade through the university, been a county-level school administrator, publisher consultant, teacher educator, textbook author, contributor to professional journals, author of professional books, writer of instructional materials, visitor to schools across America and abroad, and long-time education columnist for Knight-Ridder/Tribune.

Copy the code below to your web site.
x 

Leave a Reply