There is some really interesting stuff out there about self-educating through collaboration using computers. I agree that the present system doesn't work. It doesn't work to a great extent because we are still trying to control the information that our children learn, when what we need to be teaching is how to discern the value and quality of information that they already have.
In other words teaching them how to think rather than what to think. The problem is that, as adults, we want to make sure that the children think the right things. When there is a disconnect in society, the first solution we turn to is education.
Posted by Intomorrow on 06/08 at 04:27 PM
The Right in America has an Abra kadabra, Presto Change-o approach to education reform: do away with education unions, provide school choice and, voila', education will improve.. if only it were so!
Abolish education unions, decentralize schools, even abolish the Dept. of Education, and it wont change the situation, as America would still be a large, predatory nation-- all large nations are predatory-- a fact which is reflected in American education (I only discuss America because it takes decades of living in one to know another country).
Rightists possess a mystical quick-fix mentality they share with Marxists; not surprising when you realize religion gave birth to politics.
Posted by Intomorrow on 06/08 at 05:11 PM
... think of it:
school reform has been argued for four decades, perhaps longer, and would it really shock anyone to consider the distinct possibility we'll be arguing school reform for another four decades-- or longer?