CNN Opinion featured a column by Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish education reform expert. We links round-up in the previous post included a different column by Sahlberg at The Washington Post. I recommend that you read both.
They show that we’ve fundamentally lost our way in the US by first trying to fix problems that weren’t there. Then policy makers fail to recognize the misguided reforms as the root cause as things start to slip. In America, teachers are disposable, students and school districts are “the market” for profit extraction by large corporations, special interests drive policy and content, and “reformers” ignore data to pursue only their preconceived notions. What could possibly go wrong?