Friday, November 27, 2009

Race to the Top's 10 False Assumptions

New York Times guest blogger Marion Brady has this to say about why national standards for education cannot succeed

False Assumption 4: Teaching is just a matter of distributing information. Indeed, the process is so simple that recent college graduates, fresh from "covering" that information, should be encouraged to join "Teach For America" for a couple of years before moving on to more intellectually demanding professions. Experienced teachers may argue that, as Socrates demonstrated, nothing is more intellectually demanding than figuring out what’s going on in another person’s head, then getting that person herself or himself to examine and change it, but they’re just blowing smoke.
Read Brady's other nine false assumptions here.

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