Once again, I try to trust the advice of experts. In this case, Reid Lyon, reading research expert and then Assistant Secretary of Education under Secretary of Education Roderick Paige:
"You know, if there was any piece of legislation that I could pass, it would be to blow up the colleges of education."
November 18, 2002 - Forum on Rigorous Evidence - Transcript, P. 84-85 The Key to Progress in Education? Lessons from Medicine, Welfare and Other Fields
At 03:20 AM 6/25/2013, GS Chandy wrote: >Responding to posts of mine, Professor Wayne Bishop responded > >i) Jun 24, 2013 8:59 PM - >http://mathforum.org/kb/servlet/JiveServlet/download/206-2576677-9144760-838202/att1.html >and > >ii) Jun 24, 2013 9:15 PM - >http://mathforum.org/kb/servlet/JiveServlet/download/206-2576677-9144762-838203/att1.html >. > >I reiterate my claim that, whatever may be the deficiencies of the >'educational establishment' (ie. the 'Educational Mafia'?) and/or >the 'Schools of Education', there is no benefit at all that can be >derived for the educational system by making demands to: > >- -- "Put the Educational Mafia in jail!"; or to >- -- "Blow up the Schools of Education!" >(even if one or the other demand were satirically intended). > >Such demands may be appropriate in a Stalinist or Hitlerian regime. > >In any nominally democratic regime, such dmeands will be impossible >to put into practice (if intended seriously). If intended >satirically, such demands would tend only to close the minds of >important stakeholders in the educational system to the real need >for changes in the system. Such demands reveal a fundamentally >autocratic mindset on the part of the persons making them. > >What's appropriate would be to seek to discover the real >deficiencies and weaknesses of the educational system (including >those of the 'Schools of Education') and then to find out practical >ways to overcome them - by using all good ideas available from the >stakeholders in the respective systems. > >Practical means to gather ideas and then to 'integrate' them to >develop effective Action Planning to accomplish a desirable >'Mission' are described in the attachments to my post heading the >thread "Democracy: how to achieve it" - see >http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7936232 . These >tools enable people to convince themselves that certain ideas may, >at a particular time or place, be infeasible or unviable. > >The approach described is readily usable by people who believe that >learning by students (of math, or of anything else) is something >that the students should be ENCOURAGED to do rather than be PUSHED >into doing. PUSHING children into learning math (or anything else) >may be the right thing to do in Stalinist regimes. > >GSC > >------- End of Forwarded Message