Regardless, “Kilian” puts words to an escalating fear of mine: that advocates of ed-technology have grown weary of extending (what they have presumed to be) carrots to classroom teachers and are starting now to see the appeal of Arne Duncan’s sticks:
My knee wants to say it’s a little afraid that the reform 2.0 folks are lining up with those who promote an excellence agenda, one that says our top kids must be prepared to be better than the top kids from other countries, and never mind what’s happening (or not) in Washington Heights, the RGV, or Deep East Oakland. This isn’t necessarily so, and it isn’t unavoidable, but my knee wants to constantly shout that as we try to (re)imagine what the public schools of 2030 will look, we must do so from the perspective of those schools have never well served.
It’s hard for me to distinguish (for one example) this Scott McLeod post from a press release from the desk of Michelle Rhee. Both drip with the same disdain for teachers who would have enacted their (McLeod and Rhee’s) preferred vision for public schooling years ago were it not for their (the teachers’) willful, clannish embrace of mediocrity.