What’s Missing From Education Reform in America?

Welcome to my blog:

Reflections on Education, Environment, and Empire

As an education system goes, so goes the nation it educates. Yet nearly six decades of reform have not only failed to solve the problems in our schools but have created and compounded many of the problems. The failure to solve problems throughout our education system is reflected in our growing inability as a people to solve the problems affecting the health of our planet and all living things. This blog is dedicated to exploring how and why this is happening.

"When one person cries out, 'The emperor is naked!' — When a single person breaks the rules of the game, this exposing it as a game — everything suddenly appears in another light..."

—Václav Havel

Category: Education

May 2, 2017

Shadows of the Past

Dear Edutopia, I’m glad learning about the student-centered redesign changed this teacher’s life. But quite frankly, I think she and the rest of you at Edutopia should […]
May 2, 2017

What Teaching Ought To Be

Clyde McBride, teacher with the Kayenta Unified School District is changing the lives of young people of the Navaho Nation. “My philosophy,” he says, “is a kid […]
May 2, 2017

Every Child Succeeds…How?

Remember President Johnson’s War on Poverty—the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that brought so many good programs and opportunities into our schools? President Johnson signed it […]
January 20, 2017

Heard At Last!

Dear President Trump, What a thrill it was this morning to hear you say in your inaugural address that as of today the unheard would be […]
January 19, 2017

Betsy and the Bears

Just a tip for those choosing a school. If you fear grizzly bears, you might want to think about Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan […]
January 7, 2017

“I Can’t Answer These…Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems.”

If you doubt the validity of testing, read how one poet says she couldn’t answer the standardized test questions about her own poem on a Texas […]
December 27, 2016

2015—What’$ Really Driving the Ob$$e$$ion with Te$ting?

As he prepared to step down as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan appeared on national TV with President Obama to declare that too much emphasis has […]
December 27, 2016

2010: Behind the Data Dashboard in the Race to the Top

“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” —Chinese Proverb Data systems are the hot new thing in […]
December 27, 2016

2008: Race to the Top of What?

 We know who the winners are, but who are the losers? Secretary Duncan’s initiative for reforming America’s schools is called Race to the Top. Secretary Duncan […]
December 27, 2016

1990s—From Standardized Testing to No Child Left Behind

A Brief History of Standardized Testing from the 1980s to 2001: The emphasis on testing began as a way of tracking the effectiveness of the back-to-basics […]