Back to school is a fresh start, that clean slate with the promise of new lessons and approaches. I wish we could get that clean slate—or smart board these days, I guess—in the great American debate over education reform.
We’re heading in the wrong direction, according to one critical report I read recently. It shows that the ideas backed by all of the different factions in the U.S. debate—corporate reformers, unions, union bashers, charter schoolers, budget cutters, standardized testers, test haters—won’t help us catch up with the countries that lead the world. We need a reform do-over.
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