Wednesday, January 7, 2009
MIke Rose on the current state of education policy
Since I post to this blog somewhat infrequently, I end up having more blog posts in my head than are actually written on the screen. I have been working up to actually writing a post about the "debate" about who will be the next Secretary of Education, then the naming of Arne Duncan to the post, and finally just about all of the education policy talking heads in the media lately discussing what needs to be done. Well, in waiting to get my lazy butt in gear to write this post, Mike Rose, a far better thinker and writer than I, wrote it. Check it out on his blog. Wow! It pretty much hit how I have been feeling lately. I haven't even read any of his books during my career but I certainly will now. I don't actually agree with everything on his blog, I actually support different aspects of NCLB, especially the focus on achievement of all groups of students. But all of the education policy mavens of late have been driving me a bit crazy. I was having trouble putting it into words. Mike Rose did it beautifully. So few of these people have ever taught. So few of these people have ever ran a school. And they always know how it should be done. The thing about his post that made me laugh with recognition was that he was reacting to the same NPR piece on education that made me crazy too as I was driving around one day doing errands. Here is the story. It is not actually a "Letter to the President" piece but just an update on education in Obama's administration. For some reason, the story made me scream. Mike Rose helped. Enough said.