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  •  Education shouldn't be about individuals. (1+ / 0-)
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    That's the whole problem - looking for a superstar teacher or principal to save the day is missing the point, purpose, and mechanics of a public education system meant to service all populations of students en masse.

    Education should be about the collective, but that makes people uncomfortable because they feel that means there's no "personal responsibility" -- which ignores the fact that individual students can't succeed as well in a class that isn't succeeding and individual teachers can't succeed as well in a school that isn't succeeding and that all the pieces working together are the key.

    Too much emphasis has been put on teachers in order to break unions and wrench any sort of control from teachers. But teachers were never meant to do it all - schools were meant to be communities that were supported by their communities and society at large.

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