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

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 […]
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 […]
December 27, 2016

1983: “A Nation at Risk”

“Our nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world. . . […]
December 27, 2016

1980s: The Pendulum Swings Schools Back to the Basics

By 1980, declining test results showed that an alarming number of students couldn’t read at grade level and had the attention of amoebas. Discipline had also […]
December 25, 2016

The Seventies: The Open Classroom

 “I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in […]
December 25, 2016

The Sixties: Mini Classes and Modular Scheduling

“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the  responsibility that we all had.”—John Lennon Black Light . . . strobe light […]
December 19, 2016

1958—The National Defense Education Act

How the National Defense Education Enlisted Children to Fight the Cold War October 4, 1957. Radio transmitters began picking up a high-pitched sound from space. The […]