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22 August 2014 @ 07:43 pm
Asking the wrong questions  
This column by Rick Hess (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2014/06/why_cant_politicians_get_out_of_schooling.html?override=web) asks Why Can't Politicians Get out of Schooling? I understand that politicians are responsible, in part, for setting policies for schools. I get that. But this is the wrong question. The salient question needs to be WHY CAN'T CORPORATIONS GET OUT OF SCHOOLING? or WHY DOES SCHOOLING HAVE TO BE BIG BUSINESS? to even WHY CAN'T POLICY "EXPERTS" BE REQUIRED TO HAVE EXPERTISE?

I think we see this happening more and more. Campbell Brown asks why we allow bad teachers to stay? Why we let tenure protect bad teachers? Those are the wrong questions, too. The right questions include: WHO IS FINANCING THIS LAWSUIT AND THE ORGANIZATION BEHIND MS. BROWN? WHY ARE JOURNALISTS ACCEPTING HER (FALSE) DATA WITHOUT QUESTION? WHY ARE HER KIDS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS? WHY ARE UNIONS AND TENURE BAD FOR TEACHERS AND NOT FOR OTHER PROFESSIONS?

Secretary Duncan does a photo op and asks why we cannot support standards. Again, wrong questions. How about these? WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AS A TEACHER? WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF YOUR LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOLS BEFROM YOUR TENURE AS EDUCATION SECRETARY? WHY ARE YOU RELUCTANT TO ALLOW FOR SOME REVISION IN THE FACE OF RESEARCH AND TEST RESULTS? WHY DO YOU NOT ADDRESS THE CONCERNS AND CRITICISMS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERS LIKE DIANE RAVITCH?

As long as we keep asking the wrong questions, we are likely to continue to get answers that are not very helpful.
 
 
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