This is a terrific bird’s eye view of the kaleidoscope of education reform. Whether you agree with his conclusion or not, it’s more than worth the read.
Hirsch wants a new K-8 curriculum, for instance. The NEA (National Education Association) wants more of what it’s always wanted. Charter critics want tighter regulation. Some Republicans want greater freedom for states and parents. Some Democrats want less freedom. Arne Duncan wants to transform the lowest 5 percent of schools. A bunch of people are obsessed with 21st Century skills. The Gates Foundation wants more people to go to college. McKinsey wants us to be more like Singapore. There’s simply no consensus here. Instead there are cracks, rifts and faults, lines in many directions