Tag: Education

The testing scandal of the day isn’t about who cheated: it’s about who didn’t

 Who do we punish?  Who do we blame?  Or do we have a better option? A state investigation of the Atlanta public schools released last week identified 44 schools and at least 178 teachers and principals that systematically corrected student test answers in order to artificially inflate scores on the state’s mandated competency test. Governor… Read more »

Performance Evaluations That Can’t Deal with Ambiguity, Can’t Deal with Reality

Don’t think you can’t be fired for doing the right thing.  This week, San Francisco Weekly reported on the case of Frank Lee, a San Francisco cop who may lose his job because he didn’t execute a search warrant fast enough.  The catch?  The search warrant turned out to be illegal and Lee, a homicide… Read more »

A Sustainable Earth Needs Lobbyists More Than It Needs Visionaries

In a recent column, Thomas Friedman proclaimed that “the Earth is full.” We’ve reached the point where we have too many people using too few resources, and trying to keep on keeping on this way will only lead to more trouble. The good news, he suggests, is that this makes fundamental transformation inevitable.  Friedman quotes… Read more »

Hate is Supported by Many Systems

Are you a hateful person? The answer may depend on where you live. Culturally, we think of emotions as individual things: If you “love,” it is “you” loving. Jealousy, anger, and fear are also all matters of the individual psyche. But believing that emotions are this particular is only a partial truth. There is increasing… Read more »

Kids Aren’t Widgits and Education Isn’t an Assembly Line

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats Two weeks ago, my fourteen-year-old daughter summed up her day at school: “I finished the science TAKS [The Texas assessment of knowledge and skill] in about an hour and then slept for five hours.” On this particular… Read more »

Standardized Testing Leads U.S. Children to Fall Behind on Systems Thinking

Yet another highly publicized study, this time in The Atlantic, showed recently that based on their test scores… and only their test scores… our students aren’t getting a competitive education for the global marketplace.  But focusing on test scores, like most of these studies do, misses the larger point:  our K-12 education system actively discourages… Read more »