29th July 2009
Why is Junior’s classroom strangely immune to forces that have transformed every other aspect of American life? It can’t be because the education system was perfected long ago. Rather, the public-school classroom has resisted the valuable innovations that technology brings because the powerful adults who run the system want it that way.
Manufacturing became automated, in the face of union opposition, because manufacturers realized that, if they didn’t, others would and they would soon be out of business.
There is no such competition in education. Hence, our current stagnation.