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  •  I've begun to think I'm so far on the left with (2+ / 0-)
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    Mlle L, yargityblarg

    education that I'm not even on the spectrum anymore.

    Before you chose Diane Ravitch as the sane voice in education, I would ask if you have been reading Alfie Kohn of late. The most recent news story about him is well worth reading and his lessons are worth repeating.

    Or have you hear of Sam Chaltain? His blog is wonderful. I tried to get him to NN'13 but he wasn't able to come... and Education Alternative's submission on democratic education wasn't accepted anyway. But maybe, just maybe, progressives are getting close to talking about real progressive education... not just about a different way to grade or a different way to test or a different way to measure standards. Maybe, must maybe, we can talk about how to educate kids.

    •  There is no common ground on education (1+ / 0-)
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      The left extreme: Keep our public school system more or less the way it is; incrementally slowing its rate of decline; so that it will be another two generations before we have the least educated kids on the planet. Find some way to do this while still spending more money.

      The middle: Moderately accelerate the defunding and dumbing-down of our schools, using charter schools and Christian schools to ease our transition to the third world.

      The right extreme: Immediately eliminate all funding for public schools; sell them to the lowest bidder from the for-profit prison industry, and give people who can afford to send their kids to private school tax breaks to do so.

      Batshit insane, never gonna happen: Do what is necessary to bring our public schools up to par with the rest of the civilized world; and make college more affordable while we're at it.

      •  If funding was available (0+ / 0-)

        that would upgrade the educational choices in public schools to meet and exceed the demands of common standards--but that would include as much emphasis on science, the arts, languages, and social studies as we are now putting on literacy and math--then maybe we'd have an overall recipe for success in public education that would permit us to compete more favorably with the civilized world and foster a sense that the future for American kids is indeed bright and shining.  That is not happening now.  And the common ground I'm referring to is the fleeting, inconsequential kind as any temporary agreement between the tea party and the left would be.

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