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  •  Didn't we all go to school with kids whose parents (5+ / 0-)
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    helfenburg, Zwenkau, Dave925, gffish, Mostel26

    did their special projects, and even some of their ordinary homework?  Maybe some of us were those kids?  Teaching to the test is another form of that, and some kids' parents are right in there on that, too.

    The whole point is obedient instruction followers.  It's really hard to find good servants these days, has been for decades.  ALEC and its allies aim to reverse that deplorable lack.

    “The road to success is always under construction” --Lily Tomlin

    by CarolinNJ on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 04:08:38 PM PDT

    •  I've heard it referred to as an assembly-line (3+ / 0-)
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      CarolinNJ, madcitysailor, gffish

      education--not just because the students and teachers are treated like widgets on an assembly line, but also because that's the kind of person this form of education aims to produce--assembly-line workers who can follow directions without question or complaint, work accurately, and put up with a great deal of repetition and tedium.
      I lived in Japan for many years and saw this kind of education in action. When I left Japan in the early 1990s, the Japanese were just beginning to talk about learning from and emulating the more creative American system in order to meet the demands of a post-industrial economy.
      It was just about that time education critics in the U.S. were going full-press on changing the system to be more like the stultifying Japanese/Chinese system.

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