What does Rand Paul, a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for President, think should happen in education?
“If you have one person in the country who is, like, the best at explaining calculus, that person maybe should teach every calculus class in the country,” the senator said. “You’d still have local teachers to reinforce and try to explain and help the kids, but you’d have some of these extraordinary teachers teaching millions of people in the classroom.
“The mantra has always been, ‘Oh, we need 10 people in the classroom for everybody to learn,’” Paul continued. “Well, no, maybe actually you need the opposite: You need 2 million people in the classroom, and having a teacher that can communicate with all of them.”
I smile when I remember how courses on tv were going to change everything but, not so much. I think the Internet will continue to be a useful (and growing) tool for public education. But tool, not teacher.
I'm seeing more and more articles questioning the power of Secretary Arne Duncan to use NCLB as a stick over states. Here's the latest one from the Fordham Institute by Michael J. Petrilli (who I normally do not agree with). At the end, he throws out an interesting idea:
What we need today is a state (perhaps Washington?)
willing to argue in federal court that its waiver was been denied (or
rescinded) for reasons not allowed under the law. I am confident that
some of the courts, at least, will ask Duncan to point to the “plain
language” of ESEA that gives him the authority to mandate statewide
teacher-evaluation systems, particularly for states that want waivers on
Pianos in the Park? Only in Seattle. I love the Viking one. Get out there and play.