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I wish everybody in education could read this piece: "Education's Intellectual Machinery Is Broken."
The thesis is that most of what we see discussed in the media is secondary.
So what is primary? Public schools are handicapped by inferior theories and methods. For example, the methods used to teach reading, to teach arithmetic, to teach basic knowledge – all are flawed.
Why, it's almost as if the people picking these methods were more concerned with social engineering. So if the method used to teach reading didn't work that well, these ideologues don't care. Then, to prevent everybody from noticing the real problems, they keep us busy discussing the secondary and irrelevant.
QED: if we want to improve public schools, we have to focus on the bad methods. Be able to pick them out and explain why they don't work; and then make a case for using methods that do work.
Education's Intellectual Machinery Is Broken, on American Thinker