Here's a link the latest column from Times' editorial writer, Lynne Varner. I only had one read-thru and I'm not sure what she's saying. That everything really is all right with education? Help me out here somebody because maybe Iwas just not following her train of thought.
Also, one interesting line "Education is science-based like medicine." Again, help me out here. Medicine certainly does use science as the foundation. But when you are dealing with human beings, either in a classroom or a hospital bed, and it is an altogether different thing. If education was just a formula, I think someone would have figured it out long ago. She references the Gates as well as former Microsoftie, Scott Oki, who is on the education trail with his new book. Why haven't they figured it out? Why isn't there one urban district that has figured it all out?
Because education is hard, individual work. You are trying, in medicine and education, to put into practice something in one area of a person's life. How they choose to react to it, work with it, and all the other factors in a person's life influence the outcomes.
Again, maybe it's just me.